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The Martinelli family has been growing grapes in the Russian River Valley since the 1880’s, when Giuseppe Martinelli and Luisa Vellutini eloped from their small village in Tuscany and made their way to California looking for land to farm and start a winery. After working for other budding vintners for two years, the Martinellis purchased their own land and planted a small area of Zinfandel and Muscat Alexandria vines on a 60-degree slope which later became known as the Jackass Hill Vineyard. Over 100 years later, this south-easterly exposure remains the steepest non-terraced vineyard in Sonoma County. Today, the winery is managed by Lee Martinelli and his children, who named today's wine for their great-grandparents.
94 points, Vinous
"A rich, boisterous wine, the 2015 Zinfandel Giuseppe & Luisa is explosive in the glass. Here, too, the flavors are bright and vibrant. Red-toned fruit and expressive floral notes abound. Voluptuous and intense, the 2015 possesses tremendous thrust in its flavors and overall feel. Even with all of its intensity, the 2015 retains considerable freshness and acidity to play off the forward fruit." (3/2017)
93 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"At the higher end of the alcohol spectrum, these Martinelli Zinfandels are powerful wines for sure, but I hasten to add that they are beautifully balanced and in terms of flavor, tannin, and complexity, they represent the pinnacles of ripeness in every sense. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Zinfandel Giuseppe and Luisa is scented of dried mulberries, plum preserves and blueberry pie with suggestions of hoisin sauce, sandalwood, and sautéed herbs. With generous blackberry preserves and spice flavors on the very full-bodied palate, it is a mouthful of rich, plush, pure hedonism." (4/2017)
Producer Name: Martinelli Winery
Old/New World: New World
Country of Origin: United States
Sub-Region: Sonoma County
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Village/Vineyard/Climat: Jackass Hill Vineyard
Quality Designation: AVA
Grape Varietals: Zinfandel
Product Type: Wine
Wine Style: Fuller Body Red
Winemaker: Bryan Kvamme
Pack/Size: 12/750 ml
Container Type: Dark Green Bordeaux Bottle
Closure Style: Natural Cork