2009 Martinelli - Chardonnay Zio Tony Ranch 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

The 2009 Chardonnay Zio Tony Ranch emerges from the glass with ripe apricots, peaches, flowers, butterscotch and tangerine. The Zio Tony is voluptuous, textured and totally beautiful from the first taste. It should continue to develop nicely over the next 5-7 years.

Drink Dates: 2012-2017
Author: Antonio Galloni

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

This smooth, rich and creamy Chardonnay delivers a potent mix of honeysuckle, fig, tangerine and vanilla notes, which fan out and gain depth on the finish.

Drink Dates: 2012-2019
Author: James Laube

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

Hazy gold. Spicy aromas of poached pear, yellow apple, peach and tangerine, with hints of marzipan, sweet butter and minerals. Rich but elegant and fresh on the palate, with bright orchard and candied citrus flavors enlivened by juicy acidity and gently accented by a touch of sea salt. Finishes on a strong note of iodine.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 162

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 92
Author: Jam02110
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 05/28/2015

Average rating: 93, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

10 bottles owned by 4 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: Chardonnay

Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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