Donelan Kobler Family Syrah 2016 - 750ml

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97pts Jeb Dunnuck

Coming from the Green Valley portion of the Russian River and co-fermented with 10% Viognier, the 2016 Syrah Kobler Family Vineyard from this team boasts a Guigal Côte Rôtie La Mouline-like perfume of spring flowers, incense, apricot, honeysuckle, and black raspberry-like fruits. It's exotic, full-bodied, and beautifully textured, with no hard edges and an opulent, sexy style that's just about impossible to resist. It's ideal for drinking any time over the coming 10-15 years.

94pts Vinous

The 2016 Syrah Kobler Family Vineyard is the most reticent of these Syrahs from Donelan. What the Kobler lacks in generosity today, it more than makes up for with its energy and overall persistence. Black cherry, menthol, pine, spice and savory herbs are all nicely layered in an expressive, nuanced Syrah that only needs time to be at its very best. I can't say that the 10% of co-fermented Viognier is especially noticeable today.