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2003 Martinelli Chardonnay Martinelli Road

  • 94 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 91 IWC
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SKU: 72309-2003-750

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  • 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 Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2005
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    A 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: 94

    A 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
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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.

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    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

    • 105 bottles owned
    • 26 collectors