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2014 Martinelli Chardonnay Zio Tony Ranch


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SKU: 106227-2014-750

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Makes a substantive statement, presenting a rich array of earthy fig, honeydew, apricot and nectarine flavors. Zesty, featuring lively acidity and vibrancy, ending with a long, lingering aftertaste. Drink now through 2022. 357 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    The 2014 Chardonnay Zio Tony Ranch charges from the glass with exotic fruits, candied peel and peach preserve notes, plus underlying allspice, ginger and brioche hints. Full-bodied with concentrated stone fruit and spice layers, it has a lovely oiliness to the texture and great freshness, finishing long and harmonious.
    Author: Lisa Perrotti-Brown
  • Vinous | Rating: 95

    The 2014 Chardonnay Zio Tony Ranch is another super-impressive wine from Martinelli. Rich, unctuous and super-expressive, the 2014 has it all. Lemon confit, dried flowers, chamomile, orange peel, mint and white pepper give the 2014 its aromatic and flavor signatures. Powerful and enveloping to the core, the 2014 Zio Tony is immensely satisfying, not to mention flat-out delicious.
    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

  • 37 bottles owned
  • 7 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 7 collectors)