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Jeff Cohn Cellars

2016 Zio Tony Ranch Syrah
2016 Zio Tony Ranch Syrah

This wine is all about the WOW Factor! Savory and sensual from blackberry pie filling and dried cherries to the freshly made espresso from a Parisian café that swirls from the glass. This wine is as multi-dimensional as a wine can be. The flavors take you on a magical mystery ride of black and blue fruits, lavender, rosemary, sage, roasted meats and dark Valrhona chocolate. 

95 Pts Wine Enthusiast, 92 Pts Conn Guide
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Wine Specs
Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
Zio Tony Ranch
16 mos. 40% New French Oak
40% Whole Cluster, Open Top Fermentation
Alcohol %
Wine Enthusiast
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Deep saturated purple color and compelling aromas of cassis, blackberries, roasted earth and savory notes give way to a wine that is full bodied, but fresh and vibrant. Focused on black fruit and savory components of Charcuterie and black licorice that evolve into a long and complex finish.
95 Pts Wine Enthusiast From a relatively cool-climate site, this wine is dark and inky with fistfuls of earthy forest floor, grilled meat and wild game. Sanguine, it tastes of iron and dried herb, grippy with undeniable underlying brightness and beautiful shocks of white pepper. 92 Pts Conn Guide Intensely varietal with as much or more of Syrah's peppery spice than any of its equally rich and extracted siblings, Cohn's Zio Tony bottling is a big, extraordinarily deep wine with a decidedly juicy turn to its relentless, impressively concentrated fruit. As is the case with its several mates, it is a Syrah that can be justly accused of extravagance, yet when as deep and wonderfully well-structured as it is, extravagance can hardly be seen as a vice. Fans of delicacy need not apply, but unrepentant lovers of sheer vinous richness are certain to swoon. Reviewed: March 2019
Vineyard Notes
Planted in 2000, named after the Martinelli's Zio (Uncle) Tony who established the family's farming in the late 1800's originally planting potatoes on the current vineyard site. Goldridge soils, clay and loam produce a dusty earth component making the 470 Syrah clone a little richer, rounder, and more seductive. Trellised vines, organic farming
Production Notes
Vinification: 60% whole cluster, no crushing, only destemmed
302 cases