Martinelli Moonshine Ranch Pinot Noir 2018

$68

★ 95 Points Rober Parker                           95 Points Antonio Galloni (Vinous):  "The 2018 Pinot Noir Moonshine Ranch is laced with an exotic mélange of game, spice, blood orange, mint and dried flowers, all of which give it a distinctly savory, potent feel to match its brooding personality. I would give it a few years in bottle to soften. Time in the glass brings out a whole range of rose petal and lavender nuances, along with a good deal of lift as well." ...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...As good as 2013 is for Pinot Noir in Sonoma, 2014 actually eclipses it."

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WARNING: DRINKING DISTILLED SPIRITS, BEER, COOLERS, WINE AND OTHER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES MAY INCREASE CANCER RISK, AND, DURING PREGNANCY, CAN CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS.