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2004 Martinelli - Chardonnay Zio Tony Ranch

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 89 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 89 IWC
  • Variety
    Chardonnay
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SKU: 106227-2004
  • 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 Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    A 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: 89

    The 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
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

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

  • 180 bottles owned
  • 51 collectors