International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91($40; from Dijon Clone 95, planted in the early '90s at the foot of Jackass Hill; aged in all new oak) Leesy aromas of pear and apple. Broad on entry, then ripe, lush and deep in the middle palate, with concentrated flavors of grapefruit, pineapple and minerals and a steeliness that contributes to the wine's life in the mouth. Very persistent, mounting finish.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2005
Wine Spectator | Rating: 91A rich, buttery style, with plenty of creamy vanilla and toasty oak but also a generous display of ripe Chardonnay fruit that leans toward ripe pear and apple flavors. 750 cases made.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94A stunning 2003 Chardonnay that had just been bottled is the 2003 Chardonnay Martinelli Road Vineyard. Orange rind, apple crisp, and honeyed citrus all jump from the glass of this wine. In the mouth, more tropical fruit comes forward in terms of oranges, pineapples, and almost guava-like notes. This full-bodied, rich wine is intense, as the low yields of this year for the Martinelli Vineyards are reflected in the extra level of concentration.Author: Robert Parker
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
- 105 bottles owned
- 26 collectors