Zio Tony Ranch Syrah 2003

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Stephen Tanzer

Award

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Review

Deep ruby-blue color. Very primary aromas of blueberry liqueur, minerals, licorice and menthol. Youthful and very fresh in the mouth, with complex flavors of blueberry, blackberry, meat, licorice and spices. As primary as this is, it already boasts a lovely silky texture. Very rich but quite dry on the back end, impressively long if still a bit youthfully clenched. Winemaker Helen Turley makes this wine very much like she makes pinot noir: it was racked only prior to the July 2004 bottling.