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2004 Martinelli Pinot Noir Blue Slide Ridge Vineyard

  • 92 WA
  • 88 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 53640-2004-750-3A

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($75) Good full red. Complex nose melds cherry, plum, spices, nuts and smoky oak. Concentrated, suave and sophisticated, with a slightly wild blue and black fruit character complicated by spices. Dense and fine-grained pinot, finishing with silky tannins and noteworthy complexity. Similar in style to the superb 2003 example.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    The 2004 Pinot Noir Blue Slide possesses a classic floral, herbal, and blueberry-scented nose with hints of soy, underbrush, and flint. The wine is deep, rich, medium to full-bodied, long, and velvety-textured. It's a beauty from that cool-climate site on the Sonoma Coast. 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. (Release date 9/06)
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    Very ripe, with a candied apple and cherry edge to the flavors. Yet it's intense and focused, with mineral and earth notes and a complex finish. 465 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Drink Dates: 2010-2016
    Author: Charles S310
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Is this really a pinot?! Deep dark fruit that mingles with alcohol in the nose. A heavy, yet perfectly balanced mouth feel - the prevalence of alcohol in the nose is matched by strong fruit and sharp acid. and a gorgeous finish. This will last for a few more years.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2015
    Author: JMC22
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Outstanding. Dry cocoa with currant. Still young.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2012
    Author: Gregory H928
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

  • 206 bottles owned
  • 66 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 66 collectors)