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Jeff Cohn Cellars

2017 Zio Tony Ranch Syrah
2017 Zio Tony Ranch Syrah
Organic Russian River Vineyard

This wine has an opaque purple, almost black color from the center of the wine to its rim. A sweet blackberry pie filling, black licorice, roasted earth notes and crème Brûlée. The palate has a fantastic entry, with a core of insanely rich fruit that becomes a black and blue fruit compote, with cassis, grilled meats and violet notes. As concentrated as this wine is, the sweet tannin backbone structure keeps the wine on a steady course.

Why This Wine?

It's an intriguing cool climate, Martinelli-owned and farmed vineyard. I have been friends with the family since 1993 and when they offered me a chance to make Syrah from this amazing vineyard. How could I say, "no"?

It's an incredible site. The rolling hills look like someone shook a giant rug; and it rippled out across the vineyard. Thus, you have warmer sections on the top wave and cooler ones on the bottom as it travels down the hillside. Magic!

Vineyard & Vinification 

Appellation: Russian River Valley

Vineyard: Zio Tony Ranch, organic, vines planted in 2000

Planted in 2000, the vineyard is named for the Martinelli's Uncle/Zio Tony who established the family's farm in the late 1800's originally planting potatoes on the current vineyard site. The Goldridge soils, clay, and loam produce a dusty earth component making the Syrah a little richer, rounder, and more seductive. It's trellised vines run along rolling hills in the vineyard.

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Vinification: 100% Syrah, 247 cases produced.

The fruit is hand-picked then cold-soaked. I gently foot-stomp the fruit of which 40% is whole cluster, the rest is whole berry and de-stemmed. None is crushed. The wine goes through open-top, then 100% Malolactic fermentation and aged 18 months in large-format 40% new French oak and 60% neutral French oak barrels. In the Cohn Zone: drink now - 2040.

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95 Connoisseurs' Guide; 94 Jeb Dunnuck; 92 Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator; 91 Wine Advocate
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Wine Specs
Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
Zio Tony Ranch
40% Whole Cluster, Open Top Fermentation
Alcohol %
Wine Spectator
Wine Enthusiast
Connoisseurs' Guide
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Wine Profile
Pro Reviews
94 pts Jeb Dunnuck - Lots of violets, flowery incense, blueberries, and peppery herbs emerge from the 2017 Syrah Zio Tony Ranch, a ripe, concentrated, medium to full-bodied Syrah that shines in the vintage. From a vineyard in the Russian River Valley, it has terrific purity of fruit, a solid mid- 92 pts Wine Enthusiast, Virginie Boone - Explosive in red fruit, earth, mushroom and gamy meat, this wine is textured in blue fruit, with a soft grip. Farmed by the Martinelli family, the site leaves you with specks of mineral-like crushed rock. 91 pts Wine Advocate - Deep ruby-purple, the 2017 Syrah Zio Tony Ranch has slowly opening scents of blackberry and black cherry jam, menthol, turned palate, and building, ripe tannins. Give it a few years.
95 Pts Connoisseurs' Guide to CA Wines Cohn’s Zio Tony Syrahs are always wines of striking depth and dimension, yet this latest edition, while weighty and very full, displays a degree of real sophistication that very arguably makes it the best to date. It is slightly supple in feel with carefully fit tannins and raspberry and blackberry fruit to spare, and it is laced with elements of complimentary spice and loamy soil that impart plenty of unhidden complexity. It is already polished but will become more so with age, and, with four to six years of keeping should show the perfect mix of power and refinement. It is, in short, a collectible Syrah that is not to be missed. 92 Pts Wine Spectator Flamboyant, with plump fruit, layering ripe raspberry flavors with spiced cinnamon and smoked meat notes that glide along a plush finish. Drink now through 2027. — TF
Production Notes
Vinification: 60% whole cluster, no crushing, only de-stemmed
302 cases
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