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2013 Martinelli - Chardonnay Martinelli Road

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 95 WA
  • Variety
    Chardonnay
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SKU: 72309-2013
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    Loads of wet pebble, crushed rock and tropical fruit characterize the 2013 Chardonnay Martinelli Road (327 cases), which is ripe, deep, and again, full-bodied. It should be drunk over the next 10 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Vinous | Rating: 91

    The 2013 Chardonnay Martinelli Road is quite folded in on itself, with lovely energy and tension that is going to need some time to resolve. Slate, smoke, butter and rich yellow orchard fruits blossom in an ample, deep wine. The Martinelli Road is more in line with the house style than some of these wines, but at the same time, vineyard signatures aren't fully formed and the wine lacks some complexity.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • 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

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

  • 65 bottles owned
  • 12 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 12 collectors)