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2006 Martinelli - Pinot Noir Bondi Home Ranch Water Trough Vineyard

  • 91 WA
  • 88 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 53641-2006
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($60) Light red color. Seductively aromatic bouquet of spicy red berries, cherry pit, Asian spices and smoky minerals. Fresh and juicy, with energetic strawberry and raspberry flavors, silky texture and great mineral snap. Gains weight and a darker personality on the finish but maintains its verve, leaving a strong note of blueberry behind. This deserves patience.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    Marked by herb, cola, dried berry and hints of prune, this is a cool-site wine that's complex and not overly ripe, but balanced.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    There are 650 cases of the 2006 Pinot Noir Bondi Home Ranch Water Trough Vineyard. It exhibits a classic Burgundy Cote de Nuits nose of forest floor, plums, black cherries, and darker fruits. Medium to full-bodied with good acidity as well as loads of complexity. On a fast evolutionary track, this fragrant, full-throttle Pinot should be drunk over the next 3-4 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: DrinkBeHappy
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: gotwine
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: Jam02110
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: npayab
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: Southbound Union
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Drink Dates: 2008-2013
    Author: Serl Z
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

  • 229 bottles owned
  • 81 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 81 collectors)