Donelan Richards Family Vineyard Syrah 2012 750ml - SPIRITED Wines
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Donelan Richards Family Vineyard Syrah 2012 750ml
SKU: 49908

Donelan Richards Family Vineyard Syrah 2012

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Category Red Wine
Origin California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley
Brand Donelan
Alcohol/vol 14.4%
The exceptional growing season of the 2012 vintage shapes the 2012 Richards Syrah. With great fruit set, balanced canopy, and slow, even ripening leaving little for a winemaker to desire. The Richards Syrah has historically been the slowest wine to evolve in barrel, and this year is no exception. The wine has waited patiently in barrel, like a Rubik's Cube waiting to be picked up. The aromatics remain fresh and youthful, yet below the surface lies mystery and complexity - a door into another dimension. As it breathes in the glass, the wine begins to whisper the reasons we and so many have come to love it. Herb encrusted lamb, graphite, freshly-cut lavender and cherry liquor are just some of the aromas that lift from the glass. e palate of the wine starts with such a distinct sensation, like the first spoonful of chocolate mousse, followed with what is actually quiet distinct tannin that cradles a very full and compelling finish.
Wine Advocate
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One of Joe Donelan's favorite vineyards and wines is his 2012 Syrah Richards Family Vineyard. (The 2013 was tasted from barrel but is not yet in bottle.) This vineyard is located in Annadel State Park in Sonoma County. It is considered a warmer region, but this is an east-facing, isolated vineyard. The wine is 100% Syrah aged in 45% new French oak for a whopping 34 months prior to bottling. The extended aging seems to calm down this wine, which has incredible density of fruit, mostly blackberry, blueberry and cassis, a brooding smell of subtle barbecue smoke and charcoal, full-bodied opulence, and a terrific finish with great density. This is a stunner and one of the superstars of a great lineup of wines.

Robert Parker, March 2016

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