Donelan Family Wines may be a small boutique winery tucked away in Sonoma, but boy do they know how to make wine! After a controversial parting of ways with winemaker Pax Mahle of Pax Wine Cellars (and a legal battle of the rights to the Pax brand name), Joe Donelan founded Donelan Family Wines with the intent to continue focusing on producing quality Rhone varietal wines from California. Wine Advocate critic Robert Parker admits to preferring Donelan wines today compared to those of the old Pax brand. With Robert Parker consistently awarding their wines 90+ point scores every vintage, the wines really do speak for themselves.
Being of such small production, it's not always easy for us to get our hands on these wines, especially at the price we are offering today. Luckily, we were able to secure a few cases of three Donelan wines at a blowout price.
"This is one of the most impressive Rhone Ranger winemaking
estates in California." - Robert Parker
“The 2012 Syrah Walker Vine Hill comes from the heart of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay country in Russian River, just up the street from the Kistler and Dehlinger wineries. The wine, which they’ve been producing since 2001, has a deep ruby purple color, a big sweet kiss of roasted meats, herbs, pepper and spice, blackberry fruit that unfolds gracefully in a full-bodied but elegant, stylish nose, with a hint of pepper and spice box. The last vintage will be 2013, as they will no longer have access to this vineyard." - Robert Parker, 92 points
“Crisp pear notes along with citrus blossom and wet rocks are followed by a medium to full-bodied, singular style with notes of white currants and apple skin. This is a medium to full-bodied, fresh, concentrated, locked-and-loaded style of wine. The terrific acidity and modest alcohol (for a Chardonnay these days) give it wonderful uplift and vibrancy.” - Robert Parker, 94 points
A medium-bodied Pinot that harmoniously blends red fruit with earth notes. Aromas of red cherry, currant, and herbs leads into a warm palate of pomegranate, cherry, and spice. A touch of oak lingers on the finish. There's a savory charm to this boutique Pinot Noir that makes it a great pairing with food.