2004 Martinelli - Pinot Noir Moonshine Ranch 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

The extroverted 2004 Pinot Noir Moonshine Ranch boasts a dense ruby/purple color and a big, sweet nose of blackberries, forest floor, dried herbs, raspberries, and sweet cherry liqueur. Dense, rich, and full-bodied, this is a knock-out, full-throttle Pinot Noir to drink over the next 7-10 years. This wine had just been bottled when I tasted it, so I suspect my ratings might be somewhat conservative. Before readers inundate the office with questions, the Martinellis were not happy with the Syrah vineyards in 2004 and did not make any wines.

Drink Dates: 2005-2015
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 162

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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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Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

A bold, ripe, assertive style, intense and full of ripe, spicy wild berry, blackberry, rose petal and light cedar notes. The acidity and tannins give it a vibrant mouthfeel and it keeps repeating the tasty fruit flavors. 580 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2005-2008
Author: James Laube

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 95
Author: Victor
Trust Rating: 92
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...

Average rating: 90, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

277 bottles owned by 107 collectors.

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About This Producer

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

Wine Varietal: Pinot Noir

Notorious for its fickle growing patterns, Pinot Noir vines prefer long, cool growing conditions and tend to mutate easily, leaving behind numerous clones and inconsistent flavor profiles. Although it is one of the three major varieties used in Champagne production, Burgundy is the traditional home of Pinot Noir. The 30-mile stretch of hills known as the Cote d'Or is valued as the world's premier production area. Pinot Noir is planted all over the world. In the United States, Sonoma, the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley produce top-notch wines from this variety. Other notable countries include New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Typical descriptors for Pinot Noir include strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mushroom, and meaty notes.

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