2004 Martinelli - Zinfandel Jackass Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

($65; 16.9% alcohol) Deep ruby-red. Sappy, vinous, liqueur-like nose offers complex scents of cherry, forest floor and fresh herbs. Dense, large-scaled and creamy, with terrific fruit building slowly and inexorably. Fully ripe tannins give shape to this huge wine. A superb zinfandel, offering much better retention of primary fruit than the 2003 model.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 96
Author: J.A.C.K.
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 07/15/2011
Drink Dates: 2011-2015
Huge, high-octane wine with jammy fig and port-like flavors. You'll need a big slab of red meat to tame this beast. Surprising well balanced for such a high alcohol wine. Still vibrant with at least five more years before it peaks. The finish is sweet, smooth and long. This was Helen Turley at her best.

Rating: 95
Author: Charley
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 08/28/2012
Drink Dates:
Jackass was kick-ass! Outstanding Zin, need to find more.... Full of fruit, peppery and a wine to enjoy with big meals. Loved it.

Rating: 93
Author: gotwine
Trust Rating: 86
Tasted On: 09/19/2010

Average rating: 94, based on 4 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

476 bottles owned by 177 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: Zinfandel


Zinfandel is a black grape variety of Croatian descent. With no ties to France, Zinfandel has actually been linked to the Primitivo grape of Italy, but California is where the majority of Zinfandel is grown. This variety possesses extremely versatile characteristics from light and fruity, to jammy and ripe with high alcohol. Growing Zinfandel can be difficult due to its packed clusters and short stems, which make the vines prone to uneven ripening and mildew. Preferring a warm climate, Zinfandel is also grown in other western states in the United States as well as in Australia and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Zinfandel include red berry fruits, raspberry, blackberry, anise and pepper.

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