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2005 Martinelli - Zinfandel Giuseppe & Luisa Vineyard Zinfandel - USA - California - Sonoma - Russian River Valley - Red

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USA - California - Sonoma - Russian River Valley

Red Zinfandel
Producer Notes

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... More »

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Drink Dates
Comm: 2012-2017 VF: 2007-2015

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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 132
Author Jam02110
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.849%
Tasted On 09/14/2015
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Author ebgreenb
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.939%
Tasted On 02/05/2012
Drink Dates 2012-2017

This is an incredible zin. One reviewer said it reminded him of an amarone and I would agree. There is a distinct undertone of raisins or prunes, but the dominant flavor is dark cherry with a hint of chocolate and cloves. Should outlive many another zin bottled the same year.

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Author gotwine
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 86.416%
Tasted On 12/13/2009
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Author TMac
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.639%
Tasted On 11/06/2009

This wine almost bordered on overdone but pulled back right at the precipice. A huge nose of cherries, strawberry, and spices. A hint of oak finishes the nose. The body is opulent -- and I think that's being conservative. Smooth, powerful, an explosion of cherries and powerful oak (?). The finish is a little hot -- at 17% I suppose I can see why but that subtracted a couple of points. Overall, a Zinfandel with the characteristics of an Amarone.

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Author Brad Coelho
Site / Blog Unidentified Appellation Trust Rating 96.952%
Tasted On 06/18/2008
Drink Dates 04/01/2008

Whoever devised the serving order was absolutely genius in juxtaposing the ?05 Rattlesnake and ?05 Martinelli as they are exact opposites in just about every stylistic fashion! An absolutely outrageous effort from Martinelli, resembling the essence of dry Port, w/ kirsch liqueur, dark chocolate cake, blackberry sauce and brandy soaked figs leading the way in this wine?s mammoth constitution. Terrific concentration and gorgeously silky in its texture, this is as massive and delicious wine can get. This is such an extreme expression that absolutely challenges the senses to maintain a sense of clarity before complete overload. If there were ever a New World wine that could challenge Alban for the ability to hold one?s titanic alcohol content, Martinelli is it

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