International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90($50) Medium red. Lower-toned aromas of strawberry, underbrush and earth. Sweet but dry; big, broad and very ripe, but showing less lift-and more earthy low tones-than the Moonshine Ranch bottling. A bit subdued for this cuvee at this early stage, with red fruit and earth flavors dominating. Finishes with fairly substantial tannins.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2006
Wine Spectator | Rating: 87Smooth, with subtle rose petal, vanilla, raspberry and wild berry fruit that's firm and vibrant, finishing with a complex aftertaste and a hint of green herb. 750 cases made.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 89The 2004 Pinot Noir Bondi Home Ranch Water Trough Vineyard reveals aromas and flavors of pomegranate, berries, and spicy, meaty characteristics. The wine is more monolithic than the other cuvees, but medium to full-bodied, and ideal for drinking over the next 5-6 years. 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
Self | Rating: 91Author: Southbound Union
Self | Rating: 91good; lots of berry flavors; not too complex, but still delightfulDrink Dates: 2007-2010Author: Serl Z
Self | Rating: 88Lacking depth, character and overall body.Author: Charley
Self | Rating: 90Not quite as rich as a recently opened 2006, but still a well-made Pinot. Full flavored, with light body and mouth-feel. Satisfying fruit and spice.Drink Dates: 2008-2010Author: J.A.C.K.
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
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 286 bottles owned
- 87 collectors
- Average collector rating: 90
(Out of 87 collectors)