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2010 Donelan Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French) "Cuvee Keltie"

Winery: Donelan

Vintage: 2010

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Cuvee Keltie"

Wine Category: Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French)

Grape blend: 100% Syrah

Region: Sonoma County

State or country: CA

Price: $75

Cases produced: 200

KWG Score: 94.3 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93)

Review date: March 19, 2013

Wine Review: This slightly opaque and dark ruby colored Syrah from Donelan was my favorite 2010 vintage wine from their portfolio. It opens with a pleasant black raspberry bouquet with a hint of plum and old oak. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, smooth, and very well balanced. The flavor profile is a very tasty blueberry and black currant blend with nicely integrated oak. I also detected a hint of integrated oak. The finish is dry and its tannins are sticky and last for quite some time after the wine is gone. This Syrah is very impressive and would pair well with a cowboy cut ribeye steak. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: The Cuvee Keltie is a result of selection. Taking the best vineyard parcels and the best barrels of those vineyards results in Cuvee Keltie. Loaded with aromas that evoke blackberry and plum sauce along with smoked herbs such as lavender and fennel, we also find hints of classic Syrah characters like roast game and black pepper. Even with all that, the best thing about this wine is its ability to be at once weighty, textured, and rich while retaining suppleness, structure, length, and hints of minerality. This wine is beautiful, masculine, and should age very well.

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Donelan 2010 Cuvee Keltie Syrah.

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