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2008 Donelan "Cuvée Keltie" Sonoma County Syrah

SKU #1164432 96 points Jeb Dunnuck

 There are 208 cases of the 2008 Syrah Cuvee Keltie, which was not destemmed and spent a full 23 months in older barrels. It has an old-school Hermitage-like bouquet (or maybe it’s like a Côte Rôtie from the Côte Brune) of smoked earth, black fruits, bacon fat, and menthol. This gives way to a medium to full-bodied, concentrated Syrah that has plenty of fruit, building tannins, and a rounded, mouthfilling style.  (6/2019)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2008 Syrah Cuvee Keltie (100% Syrah with 75% whole clusters, and aged 26 months in French oak barrels, 20% of which are new) reveals Hermitage-like characteristics of ground pepper, roasted meats, damp earth, Christmas fruitcake, blackberries and incense. Rich and full-bodied with loads of tannin and a backward, brooding personality, this sensational wine is meant for true connoisseurs who are willing to give it some time in the cellar. It should evolve for 15 or more years. (RP)  (2/2011)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 A beautiful young wine, notable for two things, its balance and generosity. Feels wonderfully structured, with superb tannins and a fine dose of acidity framing massive blackberry, currant, bacon, black pepper, mineral and sandalwood flavors. Bone dry, it's a superior Syrah that should develop over the next 4–6 years.  (6/2011)

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