2004 Martinelli - Pinot Noir Bondi Home Ranch Water Trough Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

($50) Medium red. Lower-toned aromas of strawberry, underbrush and earth. Sweet but dry; big, broad and very ripe, but showing less lift-and more earthy low tones-than the Moonshine Ranch bottling. A bit subdued for this cuvee at this early stage, with red fruit and earth flavors dominating. Finishes with fairly substantial tannins.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 89

The 2004 Pinot Noir Bondi Home Ranch Water Trough Vineyard reveals aromas and flavors of pomegranate, berries, and spicy, meaty characteristics. The wine is more monolithic than the other cuvees, but medium to full-bodied, and ideal for drinking over the next 5-6 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: 2005-2011
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 162

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 91
Author: Southbound Union
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 05/11/2007
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Rating: 91
Author: Serl Z
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 07/11/2008
Drink Dates: 2007-2010
good; lots of berry flavors; not too complex, but still delightful

Rating: 90
Author: J.A.C.K.
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 08/31/2009
Drink Dates: 2008-2010
Not quite as rich as a recently opened 2006, but still a well-made Pinot. Full flavored, with light body and mouth-feel. Satisfying fruit and spice.

Rating: 88
Author: Charley
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/09/2011
Drink Dates:
Lacking depth, character and overall body.

Average rating: 89, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

401 bottles owned by 166 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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