Baldassari Bennett Valley Syrah 2018

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When Matt sent me this wine to sample, I couldn’t believe what I was tasting. Cool climate Syrah in Northern California?

Bennett Valley is the smallest appellation in Sonoma, so it’s no wonder I hadn’t heard of it before.

It’s a hilly, rocky region, with strong winds and dense fog which come in every day and cool the grapes right down.

The vines are quite stressed out, and produce dark, inky flavours in the fruit - when handled correctly.

And you also get a lovely cracked black pepper character which is the signature of good Bennett Valley Syrah.

This is the first wine Matt made in 2003 under the Baldassari label, so he’s been tweaking and making improvements to it ever since.

If you like northern Rhone Syrah with a broad, meaty, savoury edge, this wine is for you.

I just love discovering this kind of wine, so please try it and let me know what you think!

Please note due to increased shipping costs from the US, we've had to temporarily increase the price of this wine.







Region of origin

Sonoma County, CA

Appellation (if applicable)

Bennett Valley



Alcohol %




Months in Oak


Type of Oak

100% French Oak; 20% New, balance neutral oak

Allergens (e.g. Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts)


Average age of vines

30 years

Average altitude of vines (m)

300 feet

Soil type(s)

Volcanic rocky soil

Closure Type

Natural Cork

Is this wine organic?




Sustainably produced?


Suitable for vegans?


Ageing potential

12-15 years

Ideal drinking window


Matt Michael is one of Sonoma’s hottest talents. In his day job, he’s the head winemaker for Robert Young Estate in Alexander Valley - one of the most famed growers and wineries in Sonoma.

And on the side, he’s slowly growing his small family business, Baldassari Wines, with his dad Dom.

Read more about Matt here

Heritage breed garlic and rosemary lamb chops grilled over mesquite charcoal briquets, with a mushroom ragu served over creamy polenta.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Noel (Dublin)
4 solid stars

Lovely dark colour, the nose offers plums, spice & a little oak.The palate is smooth, with very good length.
Despite 14.5 alcohol, it's all quite balanced.
A great find, and I look forward to drinking more of it.

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