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2006 Martinelli Pinot Noir Zio Tony Ranch

  • 94 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir

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SKU: 53646-2006

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($60) Inky ruby. Complex, very ripe bouquet of spicy red and dark berries, candied plum and smoked meat. Fleshy raspberry and blackberry liqueur flavors coat the palate and offer excellent depth, but also good energy. This actually comes across as elegant in spite of the massive, liqueur-like fruit. Picks up a wild, gamey quality on the long, clinging finish. This won't convince fans of restrained wine but those who gravitate toward big, assertively fruity pinots will go nuts for it.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Ripe and fleshy, with zesty plum, blackberry and black cherry fruit that's plush, pushing toward jammy. Ends with a jammy floral-jasmine touch.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    The finest of this trio is the 2006 Pinot Noir Zio Tony Ranch (575 cases), which displays a gorgeous perfume of kirsch liqueur, black raspberries, forest floor, wet stones, and spice box. It is full-bodied, with fabulous concentration, a multi-layered mid-palate, and a silky, long finish that lasts nearly 45 seconds. This is a stunningly hedonistic as well as intellectually pleasing red to drink over the next 5-6 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: Jam02110
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: VinoDeparture
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: gotwine
  • Self | Rating: 84

    Possibly corked, but bitter tones and lacking any sort of vibrancy at all.
    Author: sikora398
  • Self | Rating: 87

    this was a bit muddled...tasted like someone splashed some syrah into it...very unlike the last bottle.
    Author: MJM
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

  • 238 bottles owned
  • 85 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 89
    (Out of 85 collectors)