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2004 Martinelli - Pinot Noir Bondi Home Ranch Water Trough Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 89 WA
  • 87 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 53641-2004
  • 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 Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 87

    Smooth, 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: 89

    The 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: 91

    Author: Southbound Union
  • Self | Rating: 91

    good; lots of berry flavors; not too complex, but still delightful
    Drink Dates: 2007-2010
    Author: Serl Z
  • Self | Rating: 88

    Lacking depth, character and overall body.
    Author: Charley
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Not 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: 2008-2010
    Author: J.A.C.K.
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

  • 286 bottles owned
  • 87 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 87 collectors)