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2004 Martinelli Chardonnay Martinelli Road

  • 94 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 92 IWC
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SKU: 72309-2004

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($40) Exotic leesy notes on the nose. Round, seamless and impressively deep, yet still quite young. The wine's distinctly mineral character lingers impressively on the long aftertaste. This cool site, at the foot of Jackass Hill, is one of the Martinellis' last vineyards to be harvested. An excellent showing. Drink over the next five years.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    Produced from a Dijon clone, the 2004 Chardonnay Martinelli Road exhibits a liqueur of gravel-like personality along with hints of honeysuckle, beeswax, and liquid stones. It is full-bodied, dense, and concentrated with terrific fruit intensity, medium to full body, and a long finish. This wine had just been bottled when I tasted it, so I suspect my ratings might be somewhat conservative. Before readers inundate the office with questions, the Martinellis were not happy with the Syrah vineyards in 2004 and did not make any wines.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Seamless texture. Smooth, rich, creamy and powerful, with layers of ripe fig, vanilla and hazelnut and hints of lemon curd. Finishes with a burst of apple, ginger and ripe pear. 458 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.

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

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 129 bottles owned
    • 46 collectors