2019 Zio Tony Ranch Syrah
Dark, Voluptuous & Savory
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The first time I tasted this wine out of bottle I wrote: OMG, DARK, DARK, DARK. This wine is the complete package from aromatics that are blackberry, black currants, freshly cracked black peppercorns, olive tapenade, and French roasted coffee beans. A full-bodied palate that is voluptuous, savory and a total reflection of the aromatics.
117 cases produced. In the Cohn Zone: drink now - 2040.
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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!
I started Jeff Cohn Cellars with the help of my mother, Iris. One adorns the label as a tribute to her.
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
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.
$.01 12+ 750 mL bottles
$ 15 1 - 11 750 mL bottles
$ 15 per magnum
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91 Audrey Frick for Jeb Dunnuck — The 2019 Syrah Zio Tony Ranch has an inky appearance and aromas of boysenberry, tobacco, and cracked pepper. It delivers full-bodied richness as well as noes of black plum, espresso, and leather. Drink it over the next 6-8 years.