2007 Martinelli - Zinfandel Jackass Vineyard 750ml

USA - California - Sonoma - Russian River Valley/ Red / Zinfandel
2007 Martinelli - Zinfandel Jackass Vineyard
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($75) Bright red. An explosively perfumed bouquet displays blackberry, rose and violet oil, gardenia, cinnamon, mace and smoky minerals. Fat, palate-staining red and dark berry flavors reach every corner of the palate, betraying no rough edges, tannins or warmth. Gains energy with air, finishing with nervy berry and cherry skin notes and excellent clarity. This is the type of wine that I'd like to drink by itself.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 144

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Score: 96
Author: Mike N296
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 10/08/2014
Site Blog: Foodie Confidential Thick like light syrup that coats your mouth. Fruit forward but not overly sweet. Rich and luscious. Half-bottle was perfect and a full bottle may have been too much (like too much rich dessert). Reminiscent of Mollydookers Velvet Glove (Zin vs Syrah).

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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