2011 Martinelli - Pinot Noir Bondi Home Ranch Water Trough Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

Bright ruby. Smoke- and spice-accented aromas of red and dark berries, with subtle herb and floral notes gaining strength with aeration. Juicy, plump and broad, offering intense raspberry and blackberry flavors that show impressive freshness and clarity. The sweet, subtly tannic finish clings nicely, leaving star anise and candied rose notes behind.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 168

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

From a cool climate, the 2011 Pinot Noir Biondi Home Ranch is fashioned from Dijon clones 777, 115 and 667. It exhibits pomegranate, red cherry and bouquet garni notes along with some meaty, beefy characteristics on the palate. Medium-bodied, long and fully mature, it should drink nicely for 3-4 years.

Drink Dates: 2013-2017
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 210

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Average rating: 90, based on 2 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

44 bottles owned by 16 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.

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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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