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2015 Donelan "Barbed Oak Vineyard - Cushing's Block" Bennett Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1394298 97 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2015 Pinot Noir Cushing’s Block is a more classic-styled California Pinot Noir compared to the more Burgundian Tripp’s Block. This big, exuberant, utterly sensational Pinot Noir dishes up tons of ripe strawberries, raspberries, menthol, and flower garden aromas and flavors. With terrific complexity, a rich, textured profile, integrated acidity and blockbuster finish, it needs a few years of bottle age, but is going to see its 20th birthday in fine form. Inner quote mark (7/2017)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2015 Pinot Noir Cushing's Block is fabulous. Rich and dense on the palate, with striking inner perfume and terrific balance, the Cushing's Block is a winner. The Donelan Pinots are typically quite delicate, but in 2015 the Cushing's Block is quite rich and voluptuous. The 30% whole clusters is a bit higher than normal for Donelan, but is a choice that works beautifully here. (AG) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The medium to deep ruby-purple colored 2015 Pinot Noir Cushing’s Block leaps from the glass with exuberant pomegranate, cranberry and raspberry notes with touches of lavender, rose hip tea, dried Provence herbs and forest floor. The palate is medium to full-bodied and packed with earth-accented red berry flavors, supported by firm, grainy tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing very long. (LPB) 94+ Inner quote mark (6/2018)

K&L Notes

Donelan Family Wines, which gained renown for their Syrah, sources this Pinot Noir from Sonoma County's Bennett Valley AVA. Although somewhat centrally located in the southern part of the county, Bennett Valley is recognized as one of the area's coolest AVAs, due to its location directly in the path of the fog and ocean breezes that flow through the Petaluma Gap.


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