Martinelli "Giuseppe & Luisa" Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2016

$59.99

96 Points Parker - limited                    Limited release of Martinelli's legendary Sonoma Zinfandel. 93Points Robert Parker: "The 2016 Zinfandel Giuseppe and Luisa is pale to medium garnet-purple in color with a nose of prunes, spice cake and Christmas pudding with touches of sandalwood and mocha. The palate is full-bodied, rich and tantalizingly spicy with firm, chewy tannins and a tart acid line sparking the long finish. 893 cases produced." ...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."

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Ratings on Delectable

Rob B Delectable Pro

Definitely on the fruitier side

Definitely on the fruitier side

8.9

Edward Nelson

Dells

Dells

9.0

Joe Gillies

One of favorite zins. Decanted for a hour. Plum and floral aromas. Black and blue fruit with lilac, and eucalyptus. This is big at 16.4% abv so be prepared and requires a solid decant.

One of favorite zins. Decanted for a hour. Plum and floral aromas. Black and blue fruit with lilac, and eucalyptus. This is big at 16.4% abv so be prepared and requires a solid decant.

9.3

jodi tauer

Medium to fully body, fruit forward, dark cherry

Medium to fully body, fruit forward, dark cherry

8.5

Mike Levin

Great pepper and balanced fruit. High class BBQ wine.

Great pepper and balanced fruit. High class BBQ wine.

9.2

Norman Gennaro

Loving this but it is a big wine made not for thought but just enjoyment.

Loving this but it is a big wine made not for thought but just enjoyment.

9.6

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