2007 SYRAH, BENNETT VALLEY
In the far reaches of Anderson Valley, the Valenti Ranch sits among fog-covered redwoods patiently waiting to ripen each year. My most extreme syrah in growing conditions and profile, the 2007 Valenti Ranch is an amazing embodiment of old world syrah. I harvested the Valenti Ranch on November 6th – my latest pick to date. Fermented with one hundred percent whole cluster, aged in sixty-six percent new French oak for ten months, and bottled without fining or filtration, the Valenti Ranch is a California version of Cornas — without question.
A Northern Rhône lovers wine. With the glass at arm’s length, a hearty dose of tobacco, white pepper, black olives, green peppercorn, blackberries, and venison emerge. This is a spice driven wine. Like its 2006 predecessor, it looks like motor-oil. Blueberries and cassis fill the mid-palate and give way to muscular tannins and focused acidity. Hints of coffee bean, marrow, and cigar box linger through the palate and reverberate long after the first sip.