International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92($75) Glass-staining purple. Powerful aromas of blackcurrant, blueberry, olive tapenade and graphite, with a suave undercurrent of cured tobacco. Fleshy, alluringly sweet black and blue fruit flavors are brightened by smoky Indian spices and given gentle lift by a slow-building mineral quality. The finish repeats the spicy note and hangs on tenaciously.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: May/June 2009
Wine Spectator | Rating: 93A big yet balanced wine, savory with herb, wild berry and huckleberry fruit is pure, intense, spicy and beefy. Full-bodied, this returns to its beef stew touches.Drink Dates: 2009-2015Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92A dense purple color as well as notions of bacon fat/lard, flowers, licorice, and blackberries characterize the 2006 Syrah Zio Tony Ranch. Full-bodied, powerful, and backward, it needs several years of bottle age, and should keep for 8-10 years.Drink Dates: 2008-2018Author: Robert Parker
Self | Rating: 93Author: gotwine
Self | Rating: 94Author: Jam02110
In 1973 Lee, Sr., Leno's son, took over management of his Uncle Tony Bondi's estate in the Russian River Valley and made his mark as a premium grape grower. He and his wife Carolyn realized the potential of their crops and started their own winery and tasting room in two converted hop barns. A chance meeting with Helen Turley in 1993 introduced a slew of progressive viticultural and cellar practices that catapulted them to the next level.
See other similar producers:Patz & Hall,Brewer-Clifton,Hanzell Vineyards
California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Syrah is one of the darkest and thickest-skinned varieties, producing wines with intense color, flavors of blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry, and high tannin. Depending on the climate in which it is grown and the winemaking techniques used, Syrah (known as Shiraz in ) can come in a wide range of styles. Regardless of style, use of heavy oak is common and the highest quality wines are suitable for long-term ageing.
The best Old-World Syrah comes from the , where the variety is at its coolest limit for growth. Sites with south-facing slopes are exposed to more sun and produce the highest quality wines with medium body and flavors of berry, hints of pepper and mint, and notes of olive, bacon, meat, and leather with age. and are the most famous of these sites, and producers such as , , and make some of the world’s best wines from Syrah.
In the New World, Australia is the most famous region for high-quality wines from Shiraz. The warm climates of and produce full-bodied, intensely fruity wines displaying notes of earth and spice and developing leather with age. A leaner, more peppery style is made in cooler regions with the best examples coming from . Australian producers such as , , and have garnered international recognition for making world-class wines from Shiraz.
One cannot talk about New-World Syrah without recognizing the work of producers, most notably , , and , who have also gained international recognition for the quality of their wines from Syrah.
The delicate flavors of cooler climate Syrah from the Northern Rhône and make it an ideal pairing for dishes like lamb or eggplant. The bold flavors of warmer climate Shiraz from Australia pair well with barbeque pork and chicken, short ribs, and steak.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 60 bottles owned
- 44 collectors
- Average collector rating: 94
(Out of 44 collectors)