This Just In: Kind Words from Vinous & Antonio Galloni
As with every aspect of winemaking, there is a life cycle to what we’re working on. The growing season, the ageing process, the bottling rituals – each of our many and varied tasks has a time and place in the year. By the same token, every year around this time, we share our wines with some of the industry’s great voices and writers. In this month’s article in Vinous, “2014 Sonoma and Points North: New Releases Part 1,” Antonio Galloni has praised our 2014 and 2013 wines and we are happy and proud to share his comments with you here.
I was deeply impressed with the wines I tasted at Donelan this past January. Winemaker Joe Nielsen wasted no time in getting Donelan back on track with the first wines he has made from start to finish. The 2013 Syrahs in particular are superb. After last year’s disappointing showing, Joe Donelan and his sons could have decided not to show their wines, as sometimes happens. Instead, fueled by their intense conviction and competitive drive, the Donelans had absolutely no qualms about presenting all of their new releases. The recent acquisition of the highly coveted Obsidian Vineyard in Knights Valley is further testament to the Donelan’s long-term vision and commitment to the future. Joe Donelan and his team will receive serious recognition for these wines. They deserve every bit of it.
2014 Venus, 91 points
2014 Viognier, 93 points
2013 Cuvee Moriah, 94 points
2013 Kobler Family Vineyard Syrah, 93 points
2013 Walker Vine Hill Syrah, 96 points
2013 Obsidian Vineyard Syrah, 97 points
2012 Richards Family Syrah, 96 points
There is still time to purchase these wines and they will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Log-in to your account here.
Spring 2016 Release:
2014 Genevieve’s Block Chardonnay, 94+ points
2013 Two Brother’s Pinot Noir, 91 points
2013 Tripp’s Block Pinot Noir, 90 points
2013 Cuvee Keltie, 95 points
These wines will be available starting March 22nd.
Fall 2016 Release:
2013 Cuvee Christine, 96 points
2014 Nancie Chardonnay, 93 points