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2006 Martinelli - Zinfandel Jackass Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 94 WA
  • 83 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Zinfandel
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SKU: 53649-2006
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($75) Deep red color. Fresh raspberry, blueberry, rose and smoky minerals on the nose. Primary red and dark berry flavors are brightened by zesty, peppery spices and firmed by gentle tannins. Seemed to gain energy with aeration, picking up candied rose and mace qualities. Finishes with a hint of black pepper and outstanding persistence. This is strikingly energetic for such a concentrated wine.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Rating: 94

    MartinelliƒA?A?s Zinfandel portfolio continues to grow, with as many as five different offerings now available. The 2006 and 2007 Jackass Hill Vineyard cuvees were not tasted at this visit. However, the other four wines I tasted, all from steep hillside vineyard sites with the newer plantings planted from bud wood of both the Jackass Hill and Jackass vineyards, were brilliant. They are among the fullest-bodied, headiest, most distinctive Zinfandels made in California.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Rating: 83

    Lean and herbal, showing tart cherry and spice aromas that lead to baked plum and espresso flavors, with earthy undertones. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 480 cases made. -TF
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Author: Jam02110
  • Anonymous | Rating: 94

    Dark crimson red. Jammy flavors of strawberry, raspberry and other red fruits. Full-bodied. Long. Satisfying fruity flavors found only in Zins
    Drink Dates: 2008-2015
    Author: Khaled H
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Not as strong of a bottle of Martinelli Zin as I had hoped for. Especially for a Jackass bottle. Weaker on the palate but nice dark berry flavor. Short finish. Wouldn't buy another bottle.
    Author: rdalehite
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

  • 243 bottles owned
  • 64 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 64 collectors)