2006 SYRAH, BENNETT VALLEY
In the far northwest reaches of Anderson Valley, Valenti Ranch is nestled among the redwoods high above the valley floor. At 1500 feet elevation the view from the Ranch is as spectacular as the wine it produces. Planted to Shiraz 1, and facing south to southwest to maximize sun exposure, the Valenti Ranch syrah has the rare combination of power and balance. Located in an extremely cool grape growing micro-climate, the vines are pushed to their limit to ripen each year. As a result, the yields are low and the wine is muscular and nuanced. Fermented with sixty-five percent whole clusters, aged in sixtyfive percent new French oak for ten months, and bottled without fining or filtration, the Valenti Ranch syrah is a true force.
Explosive! The wine looks like motor-oil and delivers like no other. Not flashy, the bouquet is an entrancing amalgam of blackberries, currant, white pepper, anise, and gun flint. It is expansive through the mid-palate and picks up momentum as it moves towards the back end. The gripping tannins buttress a powerhouse wine. The finish holds your attention and leaves an indelible mark.