International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89($50) Good pale color. Spicy, ripe nose hints at menthol; less pristine than the Martinelli Road example. Fat and round on the palate, but without quite the grip of the last two examples. A large-scaled wine from a low crop level that finishes with a slightly raw quality. Perhaps in an awkward stage today.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2006
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92A ripe, floral, opulent style, with lots of pretty pear, fig and apple flavors that have a pleasing spicy, ginger edge, gaining complexity on the finish. 650 cases made.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 89The 2004 Chardonnay Zio Tony Ranch is compact and monolithic. Although it possesses a medium/deep golden color, a chunky, oaky characteristic, and plenty of fruit and depth in the mouth, it is not as well delineated and charming as the other Chardonnays.Author: Robert Parker
Self | Rating:Unfortunately there happened to be a coral reef of flavor in the bottom of this bottle. The juice was totally devoid of life. Probably heat?Author: JMC22
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
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 , , , and 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. and 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
- 180 bottles owned
- 51 collectors