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2003 Martinelli Pinot Noir Bondi Home Ranch Water Trough Vineyard

  • 93 WA
  • 89 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir

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SKU: 53641-2003-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($50) Deep ruby-red. Captivating aromas of wild blackberry and blueberry, lifted by a bright floral element. Suave, silky and deep, with the strong berry and bitter chocolate flavors brightened by harmonious acidity. This has terrific lively fruit and finishes with firm, ripe tannins. A superb showing. In contrast to the Zio Tony 2003, this is more vibrant than the 2002 release.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2005
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    Subtle and seductive, with creamy mocha, black cherry, wild berry and herbal sage notes that are focused and elegant. Fine-grained tannins. 605 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    The 2003 Pinot Noir Bondi Home Ranch Water Trough Vineyard displays the darker, more primordial side of Pinot Noir with its plums, figs, and earthy black fruit nose. It actually comes from a relatively cool climate site in the Green Valley, and the result is a distinctive, spice-driven, exotic style of Pinot Noir that will no doubt be somewhat controversial. I would drink it over the next 5-7 years.
    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

    • 164 bottles owned
    • 61 collectors