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.
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!
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.
Vinification: 100% Syrah, 194 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. Will age effortlessly in the Cohn Zone: drink now - 2040.
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