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Jeff Cohn Cellars

2018 Zio Tony Ranch Syrah
2018 Zio Tony Ranch Syrah
Organic Russian River Vineyard

A dark black cherry/purple color. Tantalizing aromatics of blackberry, freshly roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, cinnamon and Herbes de Provence. The palate is surprisingly elegant for a wine of such richness. It reminds me of a combination of Hermitage and Cote Rôtie if one could make that blend.

The palate has a soft roundness to the entry with ripe tannins through the sweet mid-palate and just enough minerality to carry through to the finish. The wine is a collection of flavors ranging from roasted meats with a peppercorn crust on a roast beef, fennel salumi that keeps this wine going in so many directions, but so focused at the same time.

Sourced from the Martinelli Family, Zio Tony Ranch in the Russian River Valley.

100% Organic Syrah

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!

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94+ Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate; 93 Connoisseurs' Guide; 92 Wine Enthusiast
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Wine Specs
Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
Zio Tony Ranch
18 months, 40% new French oak 300-500 liter barrels
Alcohol %
Connoisseurs' Guide
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
94+ Jeb Dunnuck - I loved the nose on the 2018 Syrah Zio Tony Ranch, and it's just pure Syrah goodness with its ripe blackberry fruits as well as pepper, game, olive, and violet aromas and flavors. More medium-bodied on the palate, it has a solid sense of freshness and purity, building structure, and a great finish. It will benefit from a year or three and keep for a solid decade.
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
194 cases produced
Winemaker Notes
All fruit is handpicked and held for 24 hours in cold storage, then foot stomped. 40% whole cluster, no crushing, only de-stemmed, open top fermentation. All of my reds and whites are 100% ML.
Food Pairing Notes
Meat dishes, mushroom risotto
Other Notes
In the Cohn Zone: drink now - 2040
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