2006 Martinelli - Pinot Noir Bondi Home Ranch Water Trough Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92(+?)

($60) Light red color. Seductively aromatic bouquet of spicy red berries, cherry pit, Asian spices and smoky minerals. Fresh and juicy, with energetic strawberry and raspberry flavors, silky texture and great mineral snap. Gains weight and a darker personality on the finish but maintains its verve, leaving a strong note of blueberry behind. This deserves patience.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 138

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

There are 650 cases of the 2006 Pinot Noir Bondi Home Ranch Water Trough Vineyard. It exhibits a classic Burgundy Cote de Nuits nose of forest floor, plums, black cherries, and darker fruits. Medium to full-bodied with good acidity as well as loads of complexity. On a fast evolutionary track, this fragrant, full-throttle Pinot should be drunk over the next 3-4 years.

Drink Dates: 2007-2011
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 174

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

Marked by herb, cola, dried berry and hints of prune, this is a cool-site wine that's complex and not overly ripe, but balanced.

Drink Dates: 2008-2012
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 91
Author: Southbound Union
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 02/15/2012
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Rating: 91
Author: npayab
Tasted On: 11/21/2014

Rating: 90
Author: Jam02110
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 09/01/2014

Rating: 90
Author: gotwine
Trust Rating: 86
Tasted On: 09/14/2010

Rating: 90
Author: DrinkBeHappy
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 12/29/2010

Average rating: 90, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

514 bottles owned by 204 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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