2010 Martinelli - Pinot Noir Lolita Ranch 750ml

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2010 Martinelli - Pinot Noir Lolita Ranch
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International Wine Cellar | 91

Vivid red. Redcurrant, raspberry and rhubarb on the spicy, assertively perfumed nose. Tangy and precise on entry, filling out with air and picking up deeper cherry and licorice qualities and a bitter touch of blood orange. The delineated, tangy finish leaves a note of candied flowers behind.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 162

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Wine Advocate | 94

Dark cherries, game, tar, licorice and asphalt are some of the many notes that flow from the 2010 Pinot Noir Lolita Ranch. A deep, muscular wine, the Lolita Ranch impresses for its depth and pure layered fruit. Cloves, nutmeg, menthol and a host of balsamic aromas and flavors flesh out on the huge, intense finish. This is a fabulous version of the Lolita Ranch. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.

Drink Dates: 2015-2025
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 206

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Wine Spectator | 89

Loamy earth, black cherry, charcoal and savory notes combine for a rich mix of flavors, turning firm and tannic on the finish in a good way. 470 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2012-2020
Author: James Laube


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Score: 92
Author: Jam02110
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 12/22/2013
More Vintages and Sizes of Martinelli - Pinot Noir Lolita Ranch:

2011 (750ml)

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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