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 2019 Venus is composed of Roussanne and Viognier and reveals a perfume of orange oil, marzipan, and white flowers. It is rounded and full-bodied, while also being light on its feet, with pear, beeswax, and lemon pith. With a supple texture and modest acidity, it will be fantastic drinking over the next 5-6 years." 93 Points, Audrey Frick, Jebdunnnock.com