2002 Martinelli - Pinot Noir Martinelli Vineyard Reserve 1.5L

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2002 Martinelli - Pinot Noir Martinelli Vineyard Reserve
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International Wine Cellar | 91

($40) Good ruby-red. Wild raspberry, strawberry, spices and nutty oak on the nose. Intensely flavored and stuffed with fruit. Firm acids accentuate the impression of dryness. Firm, pure pinot with good spine. Vintage 2003 was the last crop for these vines, as houses are now being built on this site.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 114

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Wine Advocate | 92

The 2002 Pinot Noir Martinelli Vineyard Reserve's dark ruby/purple color is followed by a big, sweet perfume of ripe pomegranates intermixed with cherries, plums, raspberries, smoke, underbrush, and minerals. With good acidity, a big, powerful palate, and a long finish with no hard edges, it should drink well for 7-8 years.

Drink Dates: 2003-2011
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 150

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Wine Spectator | 90

Smooth, rich and vibrant, with lively plum and blackberry fruit that's supple and concentrated, finishing with a burst of ripe fruit on the finish. Excellent balance--the tannins and acidity give it a solid backbone and the fruit flavors hang with you. 640 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2004-2008
Author: James Laube


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About This Producer


Martinelli Winery is steeped in tradition - the founders were Giuseppe Martinelli and Luisa Vellutini, originally from a village in Tuscany, who eloped as teenagers and landed in Sonoma in 1887. Though resources were scarce, Giuseppe, armed with extensive viticultural knowledge, earned and borrowed enough to purchase a bit of land - the current 60-degree slope which is now known as Jackass Hill Vineyard. The first vines planted were Zinfandel and Muscat Alexandria. When Giuseppe passed away in 1918, his youngest son, Leno, just 12 years old, became responsible for tending the family's steep hillside. His family said only a jackass would be stubborn enough to farm that torturous slope and thus, it earned its name.

In 1973 Lee, Sr., Leno's son, took over management of his Uncle Tony Bondi's estate in the Russian River Valley and made his mark as a premium grape grower. He and his wife Carolyn realized the potential of their crops and started their own winery and tasting room in two converted hop barns. A chance meeting with Helen Turley in 1993 introduced a slew of progressive viticultural and cellar practices that catapulted them to the next level.

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