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2013 Martinelli - Syrah Vellutini Ranch

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 95 WA
  • 90 WS
  • Variety
    Syrah
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SKU: 322614-2013
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Smoky raspberry aromas combine with plush, focused flavors of savory dark cherry, roasted herb and peppered beef. Drink now through 2027. 117 cases made.
    Drink Dates: 2017-2027
    Author: Tim Fish
  • Vinous | Rating: 92

    The 2013 Syrah Vellutini Ranch has an almost Zinfandel-like richness to it. Dark red and black stone fruits, mint, wild flowers, spices and sweet tobacco race across the palate. Exuberant and racy, but with all of the freshness that is typical of the year here, the Vellutini Ranch captures all of the flamboyance the Martinellis are known for.
    Drink Dates: 2017-2025
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The 2013 Syrah Vellutini Ranch is more opulent, and has a more opaque purple color as well as a sweet, gorgeous nose of blueberries, black berries and flowers. It is meaty, rich, and again, is a substantial mouthful of Syrah that makes one wonder why Syrahs aren't flying off the shelves, given their quality.
    Drink Dates: 2016-2026
    Author: Robert Parker
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  • 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 Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena 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. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon 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 Australia) 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 Northern Rhône, 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. Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage are the most famous of these sites, and producers such as E. Guigal, Chave, and Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aîné 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 Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale 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 Eden Valley. Australian producers such as Penfolds, Torbreck, and Henschke have garnered international recognition for making world-class wines from Shiraz.

    One cannot talk about New-World Syrah without recognizing the work of Californian producers, most notably Sine Qua Non, Colgin, and Alban, 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 Sonoma 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

    • 23 bottles owned
    • 9 collectors