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2002 Martinelli Syrah Hop Barn Hill

  • 96 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 89 IWC
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SKU: 53647-2002-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

    ($75; 15.6% alcohol) Saturated ruby. Superripe, liqueur-like aromas of chocolate, mocha, game, truffle and sweet oak, with a slight dusty aspect. Then shows a liqueur-like ripeness in the mouth but with a distinct hard edge and tough, drying tannins. Very intensely flavored but lacking verve. I must point out that some critics apparently love this syrah, but I don't get much pleasure from this style. I very much enjoyed the 2001 release for its greater pliancy of texture but was similarly troubled by the hardness of the 2000 bottling.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2004
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Rich and distinctive, with layers of plush blackberry, huckleberry and spicy, beefy scents. Almost syrupy, the finish is smooth and complex, offering hints of spice, nutmeg, lavender and rose petal.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    This wine was recommended, but no tasting note was given.
    Author: Robert Parker
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  • 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.

    See other similar producers:Patz & Hall,Brewer-Clifton,Hanzell Vineyards

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 19 bottles owned
    • 10 collectors