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2009 Donelan "Cuvée Christine" Sonoma County Syrah

SKU #1349606 91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2009 Syrah Cuvée Christine (40% whole clusters aged 14 months in French barrels; 14.4% alcohol) is named after Joe Donelan’s wife. Another French-styled offering, it reminds me of a high-class St-Joseph. Attractive notes of black currants, bacon fat, Provencal herbs, licorice and smoke are found in this elegant, fleshy, rich wine. With good acidity, sweet tannin and burgeoning complexity, it should drink well for a decade or more. (RP) Inner quote mark (2/2011)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Showing the supple, elegant side to Syrah, the 2009 Donelan Syrah Cuvée Christine (100% Syrah) is made with 40% whole cluster and aged for 14 months in French oak (a portion of which is new.) It exhibits a beautifully pure, classy bouquet of sweet blackberry and crème de cassis, crushed flowers, and underbrush, with a touch of smoked meat and leather creeping in with air. On the palate, the wine is more suave and supple than powerful and deep, possessing a medium bodied, impeccably balanced feel, sweet fruit, beautifully integrated acidity, and plenty of length on the finish. This beauty will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and have a decade of solid drinking. Inner quote mark (6/2011)


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