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2004 Martinelli - Zinfandel Jackass Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 93 WA
  • 96 IWC
  • Variety
    Zinfandel
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SKU: 53649-2004
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

    (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
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    Martinelli's Zindfandel is a rich, high-octane wine of considerable intensity, fragrance, and richness. The 2004 Zinfandel Jackass Vineyard (690 cases) offers copious quantities of espresso roast, overripe figs, coffee, cola, strawberry and cherry jam, a hint of mincemeat and spice box, and a monstrously rich, full-bodied palate that just oozes fruit, glycerin, and alcohol. This wine should drink well for up to a decade.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: gotwine
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Huge, high-octane wine with jammy fig and port-like flavors. You'll need a big slab of red meat to tame this beast. Surprising well balanced for such a high alcohol wine. Still vibrant with at least five more years before it peaks. The finish is sweet, smooth and long. This was Helen Turley at her best.
    Drink Dates: 2011-2015
    Author: J.A.C.K.
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Jackass was kick-ass! Outstanding Zin, need to find more.... Full of fruit, peppery and a wine to enjoy with big meals. Loved it.
    Author: Charley
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

  • 342 bottles owned
  • 82 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 82 collectors)