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2012 Martinelli Chardonnay Zio Tony Ranch

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 95 WA
  • Variety
    Chardonnay
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SKU: 106227-2012-750-2A

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$57.00

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The 2012 Chardonnay Zio Tony Ranch (50% new oak) is dazzling. I recently finished my last bottles of the 2006 Zio Tony, and that wine is still going strong at age 8, which tells me these wines will probably last and evolve a lot longer than I have predicted. The 2012 offers up wonderful honeysuckle, white peach, orange marmalade, white currant and spring flower characteristics as well as crisp acids, a full-bodied, fresh, vibrant mouthfeel and plenty of exuberance and sexiness. Consume it over the next decade. Fortunately, this is the largest cuvee of 413 cases.
    Drink Dates: 2015-2025
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Jam02110
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

  • 40 bottles owned
  • 8 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 8 collectors)