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2011 Martinelli Pinot Noir Moonshine Ranch

  • 90 WA
  • 89 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir

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SKU: 53642-2011-750

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    Fresh, offering vibrant aromas of raspberry and cherry, with a pretty floral scent and an elegant, graceful finish.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    The 2011 Pinot Noir Moonshine Ranch (you can guess what this site was used for during Prohibition) uses several clones including the Pisoni clone, which was apparently a suitcase clone from a famous vineyard in Vosne-Romanee. This wine displays deep raspberry aromas intermixed with roasted herbs, bouquet garni, licorice, and smoke as well as ripe, medium-bodied, attractive plum and black cherry flavors. It is on a fast evolutionary track, so consume it over the next 3-4 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    Vivid ruby-red. Pungent aromas of red berries, cherry pit, anise and espresso, with a spicy topnote. Offers lively raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that pick up a smoky quality with air. Silky and smoky on the nicely persistent finish, which features notes of vanilla and candied flowers.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2013
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Pkaleta
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

  • 61 bottles owned
  • 14 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 14 collectors)