96 Points Parker - limited Limited release of Martinelli's legendary Sonoma Zinfandel. 96 Points Robert Parker: "Absolutely killer, the Zinfandel Giuseppe & Luisa (16.4% alcohol) is opaque purple in color with notes of Asian spice, blackberry, blueberry, chocolate and espresso. The wine is complex, beautifully pure, and full-bodied, with a skyscraper-like texture and length. Drink it over the next 10-15+ years... ...One of the great families of Northern California, and of course, one of the highest quality producers, the Martinellis – and rather remarkably so – only estate-bottle 15% of their production from over 300 acres of beautifully situated vineyards in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast. No doubt Helen Turley, who worked at Martinelli and mentored its winemaking team, left a profound influence on the quality of the Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Syrahs and Zinfandels, a fact that can’t be overstated. The Chardonnays all go through full malolactic fermentation and tend to see about 50% new oak. The Pinot Noirs are always 100% destemmed and largely spend no longer than ten months in about 60% new French oak. More specifics are included with the following tasting notes."
Monthly wine group meet up. This month's theme was non-typical reds from Napa. Wines were tasted blind. Always a great time.
Monthly wine group meet up. This month's theme was non-typical reds from Napa. Wines were tasted blind. Always a great time.9.2
Deep fruit notes of cherry and cassis with notes of toasty oak.
Deep fruit notes of cherry and cassis with notes of toasty oak.8.8
What a beauty!
What a beauty!9.2