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2003 Martinelli Zinfandel Jackass Hill Vineyard

  • 96 WA
  • 85 WS
  • 93 IWC
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SKU: 72314-2003-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($90; 16.9% alcohol) Deep ruby-red. Extremely reticent nose hints at menthol and dusty earth. Fat, dense and sweet, with very good acids. But this rather chunky wine is currently locked up tight, and dominated by its powerful tannic structure.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2005
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 85

    Tastes sweet beyond ripeness, and will appeal to those who enjoy late-harvest style. Gushes with zesty wild berry, black cherry and blackberry fruit, but fans of table wines will find it a bit excessive and hot on the finish.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    The 2003 Zinfandel Jackass Hill Vineyard (139 cases tipping the scales at a whopping 16.9%) is, of course, pure exoticism. This full-bodied, luscious Zinfandel exudes notes of Provencal herbs, freshly ground pepper, espresso roast, overripe figs, sassafras, coffee, jammy strawberry and blackberry fruits backed up by an unctuous texture, and a totally dry, huge, monster finish with oodles of fruit and glycerin. It is an amazing wine and a provocative example of the heights Zinfandel can reach but so rarely does.
    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.

    See other similar producers:Patz & Hall,Brewer-Clifton,Hanzell Vineyards

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 57 bottles owned
    • 31 collectors