International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93($50) Dark medium ruby. Explosive aromas of black raspberry, game, truffle, smoked meat and roasted nuts. Dense, thick and superripe, with highly concentrated black raspberry and tarry flavors. Boasts an impressive core of liqueur-like fruits without coming across as particularly vibrant. A major mouthful of zinfandel, but more gamey and roasted than berry-driven.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2004
Wine Spectator | Rating: 87A big, rich, ultraripe style that packs a wallop; not for the faint of heart. Intense, rustic and deeply concentrated, the ripeness level veers to sweet, with hints of raisin. Finishes chewy, with the tannins bringing up the rear. 485 cases made.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 95The brilliant 2002 Zinfandel Jackass Vineyard (485 cases of 16.5% material) has a deep ruby/purple color, a big, full-bodied nose that smells like a Moroccan outdoor marketplace, with many exotic spices, huge amounts of sweet currant, and brandy-laced blackberry, plum-like fruit. Some figs enter the picture, and this powerful, individualistic wine is spicy, rich, unctuously textured, and just oh, so long and thrilling to drink.Author: Robert Parker
Self | Rating: 96Fantastic effort...Kudos to the Martinelli team! Dark fruits, well structured and nice finish. A must tryAuthor: Victor
Self | Rating:was quite good, some of the fruit has faded, liked it a lot, good with grilled beef shish kebabs.Author: Steve
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 , , , and 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. and 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.
Zinfandel is native to Croatia but today is regarded as ’s signature variety. It is made in a range of styles, the best of which are full-bodied wines with high alcohol and aromas of red and black fruit, dried berry, cardamom, anise, smoke, and black pepper. Look to producers , , and for some of the best examples of California Zin.Zinfandel’s full body and high alcohol require a strong dish to pair, and curries, spiced barbeque, light meats, and hard cheeses make great choices.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 213 bottles owned
- 89 collectors
- Average collector rating: 96
(Out of 89 collectors)