2004 Martinelli - Pinot Noir Moonshine Ranch 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91(+?)

($50) Good deep red. More complex nose combines brambly dark berries and rooty forest floor scents. Lush and creamy if a bit youthfully aggressive today. Shows a distinctly darker fruit character than the Zio Tony example and comes across as younger. A big, broad pinot, finishing with dusty tannins and a suggestion of sassafras. In contrast to the Zio Tony, this really calls for 6 to 12 months of patience.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Customer Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 95
Author: Victor
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 04/24/2010
full body yet balanced and harmonious...Great Pinot! A hidden Gem!

Rating: 93
Author: Christoffer78
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 09/04/2009
This wine delivers. A very rich and full-bodied pinot. Well-balanced tannins and oak. The wine still has a "young" touch to it with a deep colour. Do not decant before serving, on the contrary be gentle with air...

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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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