Robert Parker 98
Produced using 80% whole cluster and aged for 28 months in French oak, 33% new, the 2013 Syrah Richard’s Vineyard has a deep garnet-purple color and a wonderfully meaty/earthy nose of prosciutto, underbrush and tapenade with a core of crushed black currants, black cherries and tar, plus hints of Provence herbs and garrigue. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, this wine manages to have beautiful finesse with a gorgeous multi-layered palate and fine frame of rounded tannins intermingled with the chewier stem tannins to give great support, finishing long and spicy. 466 cases were made.
The 2013 Syrah Richards Family Vineyard is the wine where all the elements of the Donelan house style come together. Rich, unctuous and exquisitely layered, the 2013 possesses stunning depth and richness. Layers of dark red and purplish fruit are pushed front and center. There’s not much else to say, because all the elements are simply in the right place. This is a positively stunning wine from Donelan.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2025