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2004 Martinelli Zinfandel Jackass Hill Vineyard

  • 95 WA
  • 96 IWC
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SKU: 72314-2004

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

    ($90; 17% alcohol) Less fruity and open on the nose than the Jackass Vineyard but conveys an impression of brooding power. Distinctly more backward in the mouth, initially dominated by resiny and saline elements. With aeration, this tight wine showed explosive, urgent raspberry fruit lifted by black pepper, and became increasingly peppery and bright. Really stains the finish with fruit. This trio of zinfandels struck me as the most successful and powerfully fruit-driven that Helen Turley has made to date for the Martinelli family.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    Martinelli's Zindfandel is a rich, high-octane wine of considerable intensity, fragrance, and richness. The 2004 Zinfandel Jackass Hill (125 cases) boasts amazing elegance, revealing fine balance along with notes of plum liqueur, roasted meats, spice box, and sweet Provencal herbs interwoven with sassafras, licorice and espresso. A dense ruby/purple color, soaring aromatics, flamboyant flavors, and a monster palate with no hard edges always make this one of the world's most distinctive Zinfandels. Its 17+% alcohol is reasonably well-concealed by layers of concentration. This blockbuster should drink well for 10-15 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: gotwine
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.

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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 122 bottles owned
  • 54 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 54 collectors)