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2002 Martinelli Pinot Noir Blue Slide Ridge Vineyard

abv 15.0%
  • 95 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir

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SKU: 53640-2002-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    ($65) Dark red. Vinous aromas of black fruits, strawberry, tobacco and milk chocolate. Sappy, sweet and thick, with dense flavors of red berries, wild plum and smoke. A suave, seamless wine with the airy texture that characterizes Helen Turley's winemaking. A superb California pinot noir.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2004
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    A smooth, rich, multifaceted wine with layers of fruit complexity and a long, persistent finish, ending with supple tannins. The core flavors feature zesty ripe plum, raspberry and blackberry (with a hint of jam) and a touch of strawberry rhubarb pie. 450 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The 2002 Pinot Noir Blue Slide Ridge is a notable effort. It is dark ruby/plum in color, with elegant floral, DRC-like notes of raspberries, forest floor, and violets. Medium to full-bodied, broad, fleshy, complex, and provocative, this is truly a grand cru Burgundy-styled wine to drink now and over the next 7-10 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Rating: 85

    This is more aromatically interesting with better complexity to the ripe, intense and deep dark fruit aromas and powerful, rather chocolaty and meaty flavors that are so ripe that their pinot noirness is frankly lost in the bargain. Like the Reserve before it, this is a big, concentrated and dramatic effort that lacks nuance and elegance.
    Issue: 3rd Quarter, 2005
  • Self | Rating:

    loved it
    Author: Steve
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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 153 bottles owned
  • 62 collectors