2009 Donelan "Obsidian Vineyard" Knights Valley Syrah

SKU #1164428 99 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Another wine flirting with perfection is the 2009 Syrah Obsidian Vineyard. It tastes as if it came from Michel Ogier’s Cote Brune vineyards in northern Cote Rotie. A potentially legendary Syrah, it exhibits notes of charcuterie, roasted meats, bouquet garni, blackberries, black raspberries and charcoal. The wine reveals wonderful sucrosity from the sweet tannins, ripe, but not over-ripe fruit, full body, and a finish that lasts 50 seconds. This remarkable Syrah should be a modern-day legend in California. (RP) Inner quote mark (12/2013)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Sporting straight up gorgeous, savory aromatics of smoked bacon, wet slate, graphite, dark chocolate, and hints of game, the 2009 Donelan Syrah Obsidian Vineyard, 100% Syrah fermented with 40% Stem inclusion, is a profound wine that demonstrates the heights Syrah can hit in California when grown in the right places and make by the right people. Medium to full-bodied with a very tight, compact feel that gives way with air, this shows brilliantly focused, pure fruit, a seamless texture, and massive amounts of structure and substance that builds through middle, and really shows on the finish. There are huge bones here, with the only question being if it will fill in with time. Nevertheless, lovely stuff and one serious Syrah. 95+ Inner quote mark (12/2011)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Another stellar wine, 2009 Syrah Obsidian Vineyard is fabulous today. In 2009, the Obsidian has a little more fruit, richness and sheer volume, all of which serve to balance some of the wilder notes of this cool-climate, marginal site. Dark, sensual and alluring, the 2009 Obsidian is firing on all cylinders today. This full-throttle Syrah should drink well for another decade, perhaps beyond. (AG) Inner quote mark (7/2013)

K&L Notes

Donelan's typically dramatic Obsidian Vineyard Syrah grows in a dramatic location, a warm, isolated valley in the northeast corner of Sonoma County, in between Alexander Valley and Calistoga, directly beneath looming Mount Saint Helena.

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