2009 Donelan Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French) "Cuvee Keltie"
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Cuvee Keltie"
Wine Category: Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French)
Grape blend: 100% Syrah
Region: Sonoma County
State or country: CA
Cases produced: 288
KWG Score: 91 (based on 1 review)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)
Review date: March 17, 2012
Wine Review: This opaque and very dark purple colored wine opens with a very mild black currant bouquet with a hint of smoky oak, ripe blueberry, and pepper. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, initially displays nervy acidity and has a chalky texture. The flavor profile is a mineral infused black currant with hints of blueberry, cranberry, black licorice, and mild oak. The finish is quite dry and its dusty tannins linger for some time. This wine is more like a European styled wine vs. a CA wine. I would decant it and serve it with beef bourguignon or herb encrusted rack of lamb. Enjoy – Ken
Winemaker Notes: The 2009 Keltie is a big wine without being exhausting, full of flavor without being contrived with over ripeness. The wine is loaded with aromas that evoke smoked herbs such as lavender and fennel, while also featuring notes of blackberry, cherry, licorice, and hints of black pepper. Even with all that, the best thing about this wine is its ability to be at once weighty, textured, and rich while retaining suppleness, structure, length, and hints of minerality. This wine is beautiful, masculine, and should age very well. Enjoy while it lasts.
Organic status: not organic
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