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2014 Donelan Richards Family Vineyard Syrah

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February 25, 2024 - $63



99Jeb Dunnuck

...stunning, singular perfume of sweet red and black fruits, lavender, spiced meats, and a complex, herbes de Provence-like character. This full-bodied beauty builds incrementally on the palate, has loads of concentrated fruit, ripe tannin, and a huge, seamless finish.

96The Wine Advocate

...incredibly complex nose giving up layers of Indian spices, fertile soil, chocolate-covered cherries, preserved plums, unsmoked tobacco, lavender and charcuterie with wafts of Provence herbs and garrigue. Medium to full-bodied, it's rich and seductive on the palate, with a solid backbone of grainy tannins and great freshness supporting the great depth of flavors, finishing on a lingering mineral note.

95Wine Enthusiast

Sanguine in black olive, garrigue and dried herb, this balanced, intriguingly earthy and floral wine offers additional savory flavors of black tar, sage and leather. The fruit is nuanced and equally dark and brooding: a mix of blackberry and black cherry that pique the lengthy, textured palate.

94Vinous / IWC

...dense, powerful and unctuous...rush of red cherry jam, tobacco, game, iron and smoke builds into the dense, concentrated finish.

94James Suckling

This is really complex and delivers a layer of fresh, charcuterie-like, spiced meat aromas with white pepper and dark plums. The palate has a very plush and ripe feel with a deep thread of spice-wrapped plums that holds very long. Fine, deep tannins, too.



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.


United States, California, Sonoma, Sonoma Coast

Sonoma Coast AVA runs from San Pablo Bay in the south to Mendocino County in the north. It includes 7,000 vineyard acres and earned AVA status in 1987. Its proximity to the Pacific Ocean means it gets double the rainfall of nearby inland appellations and the ocean gives the appellation a relatively cool climate. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir can thrive in these conditions, and there are numerous producers making critically acclaimed Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.


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.