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2003 Martinelli - Pinot Noir Zio Tony Ranch

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 94 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 53646-2003
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    ($50; 16.6% alcohol) Full medium ruby. High-toned, superripe, slightly porty aromas of black fruits and bitter chocolate. Hugely rich and creamy, but just short of heavy. Finishes with very ripe, slightly dusty tannins. Today I don't find quite the same verve as the inaugural 2002 vintage displayed at a similar age, but this is a very satisfying mouthful for early drinking.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2005
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    Back in the more blockbuster style, the saturated ruby-colored 2003 Pinot Noir Zio Tony Ranch has big perfume of jammy strawberries, cherries, rose petals, and earth. The wine offers impressive fruit, medium to full body, and a beautiful, voluptuous palate and long finish. This is impossible to resist, although I think the wine has enough structure and depth to age nicely for at least a decade.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Wonderful aromas of wild berry, plum and black cherry are joined by light vanilla-toasty oak scents that offer a delightful olfactory treat. Silky-smooth, the delicious raspberry, huckleberry and boysenberry flavors glide across the palate. 250 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
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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

    • 97 bottles owned
    • 46 collectors