2011 Martinelli - Pinot Noir Blue Slide Ridge Vineyard 750ml

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2011 Martinelli - Pinot Noir Blue Slide Ridge Vineyard
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The 2011 Pinot Noir Blue Slide Ridge sees 85% new oak (the highest of any of these Pinots) and is made from Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777. Always one of the sexiest Pinot Noirs made in California, the 2011 is lighter in color than past examples, but reveals classic floral notes intermixed with raspberry and blueberry liqueur. Medium-bodied with beautiful texture as well as impressive purity, it can be drunk now and over the next 4-5 years. Production was minuscule because of the vintage conditions.

Drink Dates: 2013-2018
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 210

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More Vintages and Sizes of Martinelli - Pinot Noir Blue Slide Ridge Vineyard:

2001 (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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