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.
Planted in 2000, named after the Martinelli's Zio (Uncle) Tony who established the family's farm 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 practices.
40% Whole Cluster, Open Top Fermentation
Vinification: 60% whole cluster, no crushing, only destemmed
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.