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2009 Martinelli Zinfandel Jackass Vineyard

  • 94 WA
  • 94 IWC
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SKU: 53649-2009-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    Inky purple. Explosive, exotically perfumed aromas of blueberry, blackberry, dark chocolate, toasty oak spices and incense; nothing shy about this. Lush, supple and broad, with palate-coating dark berry compote and floral pastille flavors accented by licorice and Indian spices. For all its exotic fruit character, this shows surprising poise and precision and an almost restrained character. I did say |almost.| Finishes velvety and long, with supple tannins and lingering notes of dark berry liqueur and candied flowers. I'd be inclined to serve this by itself, or maybe with a blue cheese.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2011
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    The 2009 Zinfandel Jackass Vineyard emerges from a plot of 130-year-old head-trained vines. Plums, exotic spices, tar, minerals, forest floor and black cherries are some of the many notes that come to life in this powerful, explosive wine. Layers of fruit continue to build with notable intensity as the wine flows through to its intense, resonant finish. This is a dazzling wine from Martinelli, but patience will be required.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
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  • 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

    • 74 bottles owned
    • 22 collectors