2009 Martinelli Syrah Zio Tony Ranch Gianna Marie

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A blockbuster Syrah, the 2009 Martinelli Syrah Zio Tony Ranch "Gianna Marie", a blend of 100% Syrah aged in 90% new French oak, possesses a ripe, exuberant bouquet of black currants, raspberry, bacon fat, olive tapenade, and assorted floral-like characteristics. Similarly styled on the palate, with a full-bodied, decadent, yet seamless and light palate feel, this beautifully textured 2009 has no hard edges, excellent concentration, and plenty of length on the finish. It is already approachable, yet should evolve gracefully for upwards of a decade.

Jeb Dunnuck | 94 JD
The estate’s 2009 Syrah Zio Tony Ranch saturates the palate with masses of dark blue/black fruit. A huge, voluptuous wine, the 2009 is all about texture. At the same time, though, there isn’t a whole lot of varietal character. Ultimately, the 2009 is a wine of silkiness and layers of flavor that continue to build with considerable energy and focus. Melted road and graphite are some of the notes that add complexity on the finish. Today, the 2009 is young, young, young. It will be interesting to see where this goes over the coming years. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.

Ask the locals in Sonoma who the most meticulous farmers are in the region, and one answer comes back with astonishing frequency -- Martinelli. Originally from Lucca, Italy, Giuseppe Martinelli and his family were attracted to hillside sites that reminded them of their native Tuscany. Ironically, many of the locals thought those places were too steep and hard to work, but time has proven Martinelli had a keen understanding of sites. Today, these are recognized as some of the finest vineyards in California. The Martinelli family still sells most of their grape to other wineries, but they also vinify and bottle a small amount of their production. As always, these are big, rich wines built on opulence. The Martinelli approach seems to work best with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. I find the Syrahs less interesting, as Martinelli’s philosophical approach to harvest very late seems to blur some of the differences among vineyards, which is a shame. That is especially evident in a vintage like 2009, which yielded plenty of richness on its own. The 2010 Zinfandels are also inconsistent, but here it is the huge heat spikes late in the season that compromised the crop and the overall quality of the vintage. Martinelli lost 50% of their Zinfandel crop that year. The resulting wines, while excellent when taken on their own, aren’t quite at the level long-time Martinelli fans expect. The Martinelli wines remain unique within the broad landscape that is Sonoma. At their best, these wines are stunning.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 94 RP
Vivid ruby. Complex, pungent aromas of blackberry, Indian spices, licorice and fresh herbs; opens very slowly. Then juicy and intense on the palate, with densely packed cassis and dark berry flavors complicated by licorice and violet pastilles. This deeply concentrated, very young wine finishes with broad, velvety tannins and lingering spiciness.

Vinous Media | 92+ VM
A mix of power and flavor, this red is firm and compact, very rich and layered, if edgy, with earthy black berry, beef carpaccio, espresso and dried herb flavors. Gains momentum on the finish. Drink now through 2021. 314 cases made.

Wine Spectator | 91 WS

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Vintage 2009
Color Red
Country US: As one of the most prolific and innovative wine regions in the world, America is a joy to explore. Most wine connoisseurs will agree that the nation's finest and most compelling wines are being produced today, which means that we have front-row seats to one of the most inspirational stories in wine history. While other regions tend to focus on specific wine styles and have somewhat strict rules as to which varietals you could grow, areas like California have few such restrictions in place. As a result, creative visionaries behind America's most reputable estates have been able to develop compelling, unique, and innovative styles, with a level of terroir expression that rivals even France's largest giants.
Producer Martinelli
Rating 94 JD
Region California: With a history of wine production that dates back to the 18th century, California currently sits as one of the world's most prolific and reputable wine regions. With an area as vast as California, you can expect a colorful collage of terroir profiles, a series of microclimates, and micro-environments that give the wine a unique, memorable appeal. The region's produce is far from homogenized in that sense, and it would take you countless hours to sample all of it. While the region boasts scars from the Prohibition era, it went through what can only be described as a viticultural Renaissance sometime after the 1960s. At that point, California went from a port-style, sweet wine region to a versatile and compelling competitor on the world market. Today, no matter which way your taste in wine leans, you can find a new favorite producer among California's most talented. Notable sub-regions include legendary names like Napa Valley and Sonoma County, places that any wine lover would die to visit. California's quintessential warm climate allows for incredibly ripe fruit expressions, a style that provides a stark contrast to Old World-inspired, earthy classics. Even where inspiration was clearly taken from staple French appellations, Californian winemakers put their own unique spin on the wine.
Type of Wine California Red: Whether it's Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah or Zinfandel, Californian red wine producers have a lovely habit of taking a varietal and expressing its essence in a unique, never before seen way. From Napa Valley to the regions south of Los Angeles, there's a red for everyone - and it's never too late to start exploring.
Varietal Shiraz/Syrah: Syrah, or also commonly known as Shiraz is one of the darkest thick and full-bodied wine filled with aromatic hints of blueberry, blackberry, and some spicy peppery notes. Primarily grown in France, you can easily find a bottle throughout Australia, Spain, Italy, Chile, and Argentina.
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