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2006 Martinelli - Zinfandel Giuseppe & Luisa Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 95 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Zinfandel
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SKU: 53648-2006-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($50) Medium red. Powerfully scented bouquet of raspberry, cherry and blueberry, complicated by gingerbread, black tea and espresso. Juicy, densely packed red and dark berry flavors are enlivened by zesty acidity, which leavens the sheer sweetness of the fruit. Admirably fresh and balanced for such a big, deep, dense and full-flavored wine. Leaves a strong impression of candied dark berry flavors in its wake. This would be great with smoked brisket.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    A luscious fruit bomb, showing jammy, vibrant black plum and smoky meat aromas and soft, rich mocha cherry flavors, with fresh pepper and toasty oak.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The 2006 Zinfandel Giuseppe & Luisa (730 cases) is a full-throttle Zin that tips the scales at 16.4% alcohol. Briery, roasted herb, kirsch, coffee bean, mincemeat, pepper, and a strawberry-like note emerge from this complex wine that tastes like a big southern Rhone.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 88

    Author: Jam02110
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: rcl
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: gotwine
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Jammy, peppery zin with some acidity. Dark in complexion with black fruits on the nose.
    Author: sikora398
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Ruby in color. High rim variation. Slow legs. Spicy berry nose with a hint of caramel. Long finish with spicy berry hanging on mid-palate. Probably peaking with 2 more years of fine quafing left.
    Drink Dates: 2015-2017
    Author: Karl L
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.

Zinfandel is native to Croatia but today is regarded as California’s signature variety. It is made in a range of styles, the best of which are full-bodied wines with high alcohol and aromas of red and black fruit, dried berry, cardamom, anise, smoke, and black pepper. Look to producers Turley, Martinelli, and Ridge for some of the best examples of California Zin.

Zinfandel’s full body and high alcohol require a strong dish to pair, and curries, spiced barbeque, light meats, and hard cheeses make great choices.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 382 bottles owned
  • 99 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 99 collectors)