Red

2013 Martinelli Syrah Vellutini Ranch

Syrah

  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
  • Russian River Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 11

  • tcosgriff Likes this wine: 94 points

    February 1, 2020 - Deep purple color with a bouquet and flavor of plums with some rubber but I didn't detect a lot of pepper. A big wine but still well balanced overall with a rather long finish. It went well with the chicken breasts with peas and rice.

  • Jonathan T wrote: 92 points

    September 30, 2019 - This appears to be one of the more consistently well reviewed Martinelli wines I've seen on CT. I suspect, though, that a lot of the people who have tasted this wine are Martinelli fans - nothing wrong with that. I too consider myself a Martinelli fan. I was especially obsessed during the Helen Turley years, but ironically, I've faded Martinelli in recent years, despite the fact that I think their quality now is better than ever. I suspect few Northern Rhone drinkers have reviewed this wine. Stylistically, I think this Vellutini Ranch Syrah is somewhere in between a Martinelli pinot and a high-quality Aussie shiraz. Definitely not a Cali syrah like Alban or SQN, for example. It is sweet, savory with definite black pepper/spice elements. The alcohol does start to come through after an hour or so. While I'm not sure I would consider this varietally correct (what does that mean for syrah anyways?) I have to say that it is very tasty and hard for me to stop sipping.

  • SMHalps Likes this wine: 93 points

    April 19, 2019 - Had this after a bunch of Pinot Noirs, at the end of a dinner. Out of the Martinelli Syrahs, this is usually my favorite.

  • SMHalps Likes this wine: 93 points

    February 24, 2019 - Popped 'n poured with my wine group. No real notes, bu it was part of Spanish and California "Rhone grapes from other places" night. Our 2nd favorite of the night.

  • cos65 Likes this wine:

    August 17, 2018 - Dark purple
    Very ripe and still a bit raw.
    Very tasty, but I’d like to see this settle down a bit further before the next bottle

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    2014 Sonoma and Points North: New Releases (Feb 2016), 2/1/2016 (link)

    (Martinelli Syrah Vellutini Ranch Sonoma) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2013
  • Type Red
  • Producer Martinelli
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Vellutini Ranch
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sonoma County
  • Appellation Russian River Valley

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  • In Cellars 106 (57%)
  • Consumed 79 (43%)

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