Founded by Joe Donelan, who now runs the business alongside his sons Cushing and Tripp, Donelan is a small, boutique Sonoma winery producing Syrah, Grenache, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Roussanne and Viognier. Producing just 8,000 cases per year they prize quality over all other factors. They are becoming known for their exceptionally small-release bottlings of vinous experimentations: clonal varietals, site specific variations and the like. This factor has turned them from being a first-class winery into also being internationally recognised for leading this type of small-batch production.
"The 2013 Pinot Noir Tripp’s Block comes from the Perli Vineyard in the Mendocino Ridge. This is based on Dijon clones 667 and 777. It spends 18 months in oak, and the precentage of new oak is about 30%. A slightly larger-scaled, more savory wine than the Two Brothers, the wine exhibits a deep plum/ruby color and notes of sweet black cherry and berry fruit along with some underbrush and forest floor. The lovely texture is savory, round, juicy and very pure." 91 Points Robert M Parker, The Wine Advocate, 2016-2026