A profound effort, the 2010 Syrah Walker Vine Hill (just under 14% natural alcohol) displays blueberry and blackberry liqueur notes intermixed with licorice, camphor and bouquet garni. Full-bodied with stunning richness, a head-turning, flamboyant perfume, and a long finish ... (RP)
The 2010 Syrah Walker Vine Hill is a real knock out. Graphite, gravel, smoke, tar and intense blue/black fruit hit the palate as this explosive, full-bodied wine shows off its considerable personality. Expressive floral notes add lift, precision and nuance. The 2010 is harmonious and wonderfully complete. Another year or two in bottle will only help the 2010 show even better, but the truth is it is already pretty delicious. The 2010 was fermented with 45% whole clusters and aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, 25% new. Late season heat spikes took 50% of the crop with them, reducing production dramatically. (AG)
The Donelan team gave up half the crop at this vineyard following August heat spikes, but their selection for the final wine is remarkably balanced and refined. A significant portion of whole clusters in the fermentation lends a firm structure to the wine, its tannins providing a mineral fragrance that’s breathable in the finish. The color is a deep, rich garnet, the fruit equally deep red, with highlights of strawberries and jasmine. A compelling Syrah with cool, peppery tension.
Tightly bundled, with a mix of loamy earth, dark berry, cedar, hazelnut and tobacco, this impresses with detailed flavors that linger on the finish. (JL)
While this lacks some of the immediate appeal of prior vintages, it’s a better structured wine, with tannins and a rich vein of acidity that gives a framework to the flavors of blackberries, roasted meats, currants and pepper.
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