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2012 Martinelli Chardonnay Martinelli Road

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SKU: 72309-2012

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    A refreshingly zesty, vibrant, full-torque Chardonnay, with a tight core of ripe, tangy green apple, pear, honeydew and lemony-citrus notes, framed by spicy, toasty, creamy oak flavors that fold together gracefully.
    Author: James Laube
  • Vinous | Rating: 92

    The 2012 Chardonnay Martinelli Road, from a site in Forestville, is the coldest Chardonnay site Martinelli farms. Still, there is plenty of richness, power and volume, all signatures of the Russian River. The 2012 is all about intensity and voluptuousness, even if there is a very slight element of astringency on the finish, perhaps the result of too much new oak or barrels that weren't perfectly seasoned. This is also one of the wines in this range where the alcohol is evident.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The stunning 2012 Chardonnay Martinelli Road sees 65% new French oak. This cuvee always possesses a gravelly, wet pebble minerality along with abundant pineapple, brioche, caramelized citrus and orange blossom characteristics. Dense and full-bodied with stunning purity, ripeness and acidity buttressing this formidably endowed Chardonnay, it should age well for 8-10 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
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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.

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    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

    • 48 bottles owned
    • 13 collectors