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2015 Donelan Obsidian Vineyard Syrah

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December 24, 2023 - $41



96Vinous / IWC

...wonderfully complete wine...powerful and yet also translucent. Inky blue/purplish fruit, lavender, smoke, game and grilled herbs abound in a wine of texture, power and finesse.

95+ Jeb Dunnuck

Smoked earth, Graves-like cold fireplace, lots of meatiness and ample dark fruit all emerge from this medium to full-bodied effort that has serious tannin, integrated acidity, and a great finish.

94+ The Wine Advocate

...blackberry preserves and Black Forest cake notes on the nose with touches of cracked black pepper, truffles and tar plus a hint of aniseed. Medium to full-bodied, it delivers mouth-filling black fruit preserves and savory layers with firm, rounded tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long.

93James Suckling

Sweetly spicy oak is overlaid across a wealth of ripe plum and berry aromas to good effect here. The palate has a sleek and juicy array of ripe dark-berry and plum flesh and delivers a wrap of smooth, long tannin.

93Wine Enthusiast

Leathery, grippy and meaty in thick concentrated flavors of lavender and licorice, this is a bold, substantial wine from a warm estate site, dripping in complex minerality and dusty crushed rock.



Donelan is the former Pax Wine Cellars of Sonoma, California, but with a new winemaker and point of view. It is owned by investor and wine connoisseur Joe Donelan, who previously owned the majority interest in Pax Wine Cellars with Pax Mahle, who was Pax's winemaker. Mahle left Pax Winery in 2008 after he and Donelan had a falling out and became involved in a lawsuit. Donelan makes Syrah, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and a Rhone-style blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. The winemaker at Donelan is Tyler Thomas. Robert M. Parker Jr. has complimented Donelan's "exceptionally elegant portfoilio" of wines.


Red Wine, Syrah (Shiraz)

This grape is grown in milder climates and produces a medium-to full-bodied wine. It is also known as Shiraz, but should not be confused with Petit Sirah, which was developed by crossing Syrah with Peloursin.