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2002 Martinelli Zinfandel Giuseppe & Luisa Vineyard

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  • 90 WS
  • 91 IWC
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SKU: 53648-2002

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    ($36; 16.6% alcohol) Dark ruby color. Complex nose melds black fruits, smoke, game and pepper. Powerful if a bit musclebound, with thick flavors of dark fruits, espresso and chocolate. Finishes with very strong, slightly drying tannins. A bit youthfully stunted today: this was cloudy prior to bottling and had to be filtered.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2004
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Smooth, rich and focused on a core of deep blueberry, wild berry and blackberry fruit. Intense and concentrated, it turns complex, with pretty, toasty oak shadings and ripe, integrated tannins, along with a flash of heat. 675 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    The 2002 Zinfandel Giuseppe & Luisa (675 cases of only 16.6% alcohol) has a big sweet nose of Asian spice, incense, creosote, smoked herbs, ripe berry fruit, currants, mincemeat, and plum liqueur. It is an exotic, distinctive, and individualistic wine to drink over the next 5-6 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Giuseppe & Luisa consists of two individual vineyards planted with cuttings from Jackass Hill Vineyard. G&L gets lots of praise but frankly it is often times a pale imitation compared to Jackass Hill and, in most vintages, Jackass Vineyard. As the vines mature, I am sure that quality will increase. Translucent black cherry red with lots of thick slightly pigmented legs. A slightly dumb nose of milk, raisins, melted butter, and milk chocolate. Much better on the palate with smooth and luscious flavors of chocolate and raisin. The wine really hides its alcohol level well. Acidity is sufficient and the tannins are relatively negligible.
    Drink Dates: 2004-2007
    Author: Daniel B
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

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 217 bottles owned
  • 46 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 46 collectors)