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2017 Donelan Genevieve's Block Chardonnay, 1.5ltr

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January 29, 2023 - $120

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RATINGS

98Jeb Dunnuck

This brilliant wine offers a beautiful sense of minerality as well as tart citrus, white flowers, oysters shells, and brioche. With bright, racy acidity, medium to full body, a fabulous sense of tension and purity, and a great finish, it's a magical Chardonnay.

95The Wine Advocate

...notes of toast, graphite and toasted hazelnut over a core of warm yellow apple, white blossom, red apple skin and white stone fruits. Medium to full-bodied with a great silky/creamy texture, it fills the mouth with wonderfully ripe tree fruits, nutty character and a wicked vein of crushed stone minerality, charged by tangy acidity and finishing very long and textured. Lovely!

94Vinous / IWC

...attractive if somewhat idiosyncratic wine. A strong element of reduction adds freshness, energy and complexity. White flowers, lemon confit and crushed rocks abound...

93James Suckling

It delivers fresh, citrus and flinty aromas with a palate that cuts a tangy core of flavor. Fresh and upbeat finish with lively acidity.

PRODUCER

Donelan

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.

REGION

United States, California, Sonoma County

Sonoma County is not an AVA, but it is a commonly used informal designation for wines made outside of more specific AVAs within Sonoma, which is a large wine producing region just west of Napa Valley. Though Sonoma is often overshadowed by its glamorous neighbor Napa Valley, it has a long history of wine production. The area specialized in jug wine until the mid-20th century, when Sonoma producers took a cue from Napa and started improving quality. Unlike Napa, where Cabernet Sauvignon is king, Sonoma specialized in Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel, though excellent Cabs are produced too. There are at present 16 AVAs within Sonoma County, and, like much of the West Coast of the United States, new AVAs are created in Sonoma County with regularity. Some Sonoma appellations, such as the Russian River Valley, are renowned for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

TYPE

White Wine, Chardonnay

This white variety originated in Burgundy, but is now grown around the world. Its flexibility to thrive in many regions translates to wide flavor profile in the market. Chardonnay is commonly used in making Champagne and sparkling wines.