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2000 Martinelli Vineyards Chardonnay Martinelli Road Russian River Valley
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About Martinelli Vineyards

Martinelli Winery is truly a creation born out of love. Founders Giuseppe and Luisa Martinelli eloped from their native Tuscany in 1895, with little more than their knowledge of winemaking, and set out to make a life in the new world. Over a century later, we can safely say that they succeeded.

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2000 Martinelli Vineyards Chardonnay Martinelli Road Russian River Valley

Producer: Martinelli Vineyards
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Chardonnay
Origin: California
Region: Sonoma

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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2002

Slightly hazy. Complex nose melds lemon custard, hazelnut, hay, clove and minerals. Fat and opulent in the mouth, with flavors of lemon and pineapple and a thoroughly silky texture. From ten-year-old vines in a site adjacent to the Martinelli Family's Jackass Hill vineyard. Seems to combine the best traits of this winery's other 2000 chardonnays.

90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...

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Chardonnay

The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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