2011 SYRAH, BENNETT VALLEY
The winding westward road from Philo to Valenti Ranch is a route of satisfaction and frustration for me. I have spent many fog laden pre-dawn hours navigating its many curves and crests. Descending into the valley floor after a pick was a special feeling. Given its late ripening cycle, Valenti Ranch was always the last fruit harvested, usually in the beginning of November. Picking Valenti Ranch often signaled the final stages of harvest.
For our final vintage at Valenti Ranch, we have a small amount of wine to share with you from this sentimental spot. I have always treasured the nuance and deft balance produced by Valenti Ranch. The 2011 wine inextricably expresses these qualities. Saying goodbye is not easy, but departing on a high note is always better!
Aged in entirely used French oak for fourteen months, with one hundred percent whole cluster inclusion, the Valenti Ranch is a savory and textured specimen of Syrah.
The Valenti Ranch has always been a Rhône tribute wine and the 2011 version is no different. A crimson red color is infused with dark purple tones in the glass. It opens with an aromatically savory blend of currant, olive tapenade, and black pepper. Refined tannins support the mid-palate of tobacco leaf, blackberries, and cola. The wine finishes with balances flavors of venison, black tea, and chocolate blueberries. Enjoy from 2014 and 2019.