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Syrah Obsidian Vineyard, Donelan Family Wines 2012

RegionU.S.A.
SubregionSonoma
ColourRed
TypeStill
Grape VarietySyrah

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U.S.A.2012Syrah Obsidian Vineyard, Donelan Family Wines

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MG02200.00bt97 RP2133.3333333333397.0097.00Syrah Obsidian Vineyard, Donelan1.5
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Tasting Notes

My two favorite wines included the 2012 Syrah Obsidian Vineyard from Knights Valley. Aged 20 months in 43% new French oak for 20 months, this is a bigger wine at 14.7% alcohol that comes from rather remarkable volcanic soils with shiny, black obsidian rock looking like marble. There is severe stress in these vineyards and the roots force deep into the volcanic soils for nourishment. This wine, from a vineyard planted in 1970s, shows notes of gunflint, camphor, scorched earth and an almost primordial, brooding richness and intensity. Blackberry and cassis are the fruit flavors, there's some smokiness and lots of thickness and richness. This is a massive, very intense, full-throttle Syrah that should age effortlessly for 20 or more years.

97
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (216), December 2014
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