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2005 Martinelli Zinfandel Jackass Vineyard

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SKU: 53649-2005-750-1A

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    ($75) Ruby-red. Intensely floral on the nose, with bright raspberry and blueberry aromas supported by zesty minerality and complemented by fresh rose and lavender. Incredibly deep dark berry flavors are complemented by candied licorice and floral pastille tones. This is beyond rich and sweet but there's an almost eerie elegance about it. The vines here were planted in 1877. Turley says that the wild yeasts here will allow the wine to ferment to dryness with up to 18% alcohol (this one clocks in at 17.1%). |That's what 130-year-old yeast can do, I guess.|
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2007
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    Even more powerful at 17.1% is the 2005 Zinfandel Jackass Vineyard. This tastes like a Zinfandel made by Henri Bonneau in Chateauneuf du Pape. Sweet kirsch liqueur intermixed with roasted herbs, pepper, spice box, and gamey aged beef notes all combine for a wine with great fruit, huge glycerin and volume, as one might suspect from the alcohol level, but no sense of heat. This is a ripe, heady, individualistic/singular style of wine that you either love or hate. I simply love it. There 572 cases of the Jackass Vineyard, which is a relatively large production for this site. At 17.5% of alcohol, the achievement in this wine fermenting dry is remarkable. This wine can last for decades but, for my taste, it is best drunk in its first 6-8 years of life. Kudos to the Martinelli family, one of the great old winemaking families of Northern California. (They also produce exquisite apples as well.)
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 98

    I LIKE THIS WINE: (Edit) 98 Points Sunday, May 08, 2011 - Wow. After reading on the label that this was 17.1%, we were a little nervous we might be headed into that rarified |rocket fuel| level. But, boy, were we wrong. The nose was an incredible melange of blackberry, raspberry, and rich earth. From the first sip to the last this was a near perfect wine - boysenberry, blackberry, black raspberry, and a hint of oak was in perfect balance with sweet tannins. The alcohol was way in the back without a hint of heat. The finish was layer after layer of deep fruit. An unbelievable wine. We had this with Jamaican BBQ chicken, Dad's homemade sausages, and grilled cheese fennel rolls.
    Author: TMac
  • Self | Rating:

    the heck with Spike!!
    Author: Michael N594
  • Self | Rating: 93

    when it is exposed to air for 7 hours, it is quite balanced.
    Author: Seaway J
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

  • 291 bottles owned
  • 82 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 82 collectors)