2006 Martinelli - Zinfandel Jackass Vineyard 750ml

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WA 94   IWC 93   Collector 92
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

The 2006 Zinfandel Jackass Vineyard (a mere 15.5% alcohol!) reveals notes of smoked game, roasted meats, herbs, kirsch, strawberries, and sweet currants. An animalistic/gamey character only adds to the wine's complexity and multiple dimensions. It should be consumed over the next 5-7 years. The 2006 Zinfandel Jackass Hill Vineyard was not ready to be tasted.

Drink Dates: 2007-2014
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 174

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

($75) Deep red color. Fresh raspberry, blueberry, rose and smoky minerals on the nose. Primary red and dark berry flavors are brightened by zesty, peppery spices and firmed by gentle tannins. Seemed to gain energy with aeration, picking up candied rose and mace qualities. Finishes with a hint of black pepper and outstanding persistence. This is strikingly energetic for such a concentrated wine.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 138

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 94
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/14/2012
Drink Dates: 2008-2015
Dark crimson red. Jammy flavors of strawberry, raspberry and other red fruits. Full-bodied. Long. Satisfying fruity flavors found only in Zins

Rating: 89
Author: rdalehite
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 03/13/2014
Not as strong of a bottle of Martinelli Zin as I had hoped for. Especially for a Jackass bottle. Weaker on the palate but nice dark berry flavor. Short finish. Wouldn't buy another bottle.

Average rating: 90, based on 4 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

359 bottles owned by 130 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: 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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