• Martinelli Guiseppe & Luisa Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2011 94

    Martinelli Guiseppe & Luisa Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2011

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    94pts Robert Parker, Jr.

    Robert Parker, Jr., Wine Advocate:  "The 2011 Zinfandel Giuseppe & Luisa is also made from the Jackass and Jackass Hill clones. It offers notes of figs, loamy soil, roasted herbs, underbrush, sweet black currant and black cherry jam, and a full-bodied, mouth-saturating level of fruit and glycerin. It, too, should drink well for 3-4 years. Drink 2013-2017.

    The Martinellis, one of the most significant vineyard owners in Sonoma, have a history going back well over one hundred years of developing impressive terroirs from which they fashion top-flight wines. Their wines first came to my attention when Helen Turley and her husband, John Wetlaufer, were hired as consultants. They no longer do consulting work, preferring to focus on their own vineyard on the Sonoma Coast, but they trained their successors at Martinelli well, and while tasting there I saw one of Helen’s first students, Erin Green, who is now a consultant at Martinelli. The wines are always full-bodied, expressive offerings that never cheat the consumer on flavor intensity or personality. If you are looking for a shy, restrained, wimpish wine, this is not the place for you.

    2011 was not a good vintage for California Zinfandel, and I tasted many uninspiring Zins from both Napa and Sonoma. Consequently, I was shocked to see how terrific the Martinelli Zinfandels have turned out. While not as colossal in size as they can be in the biggest, richest vintages, they are still extremely high in alcohol, and they are forward and evolved, which makes them delicious already. I am not a great believer in aging Zinfandel beyond three to six years, but the 2011s will need to be drunk in their first four or five years of life. "  Apr 2013

    Winery:
    "The 2011 Giuseppe and Luisa Zinfandel has intense aromas of blackberry liquor, plum, and orange rind. The flavors are deep, and include spicy black cherry, plum, molasses, and vanilla, with a zesty acidity."

    Bottle: 750ml, cork
    Varietal: Zinfandel                                                         
    Alcohol: 16.5% 
    Aging: 10 months in 33% new French oak on its gross lees
    Region: Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California
    Limited Production 615 dozen made