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2005 Martinelli - Zinfandel Jackass Hill Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 96 WA
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Zinfandel
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SKU: 72314-2005-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    ($90) Bright ruby. Incredibly perfumed aromas of floral-accented blackberry and boysenberry, a hint of smoky bacon and patchouli. Sweet and lush, with deeply concentrated dark berry flavors and outstanding concentration. There's surprisingly fresh minerality here, giving energy and focus to the remarkably concentrated, jammy fruit. These vines are 107 years old and the vineyard is planted on a 60-degree slope, making re-planting here a literally illegal undertaking (|the law says you can plant on up to 50 degrees but they really stop you on anything over 40 degrees these days,| Lee Martinelli told me).
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2007
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    There are 152 cases of the 2005 Zinfandel Jackass Hill Vineyard made from 106-year-old, head-pruned, dry-farmed vineyards planted on one of the steepest slopes in Sonoma. Full-bodied, it shows creme de cassis notes intermixed with incense and aromas that recall a hippie den from the late 1960s or early 1970s. Spicy, peppery, licorice notes are also present along with herbs, roasted meats, and fresh game. This is an amazing wine ' dense, full-bodied, idiosyncratic, and individualistic. This wine can last for decades but, for my taste, it is best drunk in its first 6-8 years of life.
    Author: Robert Parker
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  • 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

    • 92 bottles owned
    • 47 collectors