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2004 Martinelli Vineyards Zinfandel Jackass Hill Vineyard 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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2004 Martinelli Vineyards Zinfandel Jackass Hill Vineyard Russian River Valley

Producer: Martinelli Vineyards
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Zinfandel
Origin: California
Region: Sonoma

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96 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2006

($90; 17% alcohol) Less fruity and open on the nose than the Jackass Vineyard but conveys an impression of brooding power. Distinctly more backward in the mouth, initially dominated by resiny and saline elements. With aeration, this tight wine showed explosive, urgent raspberry fruit lifted by black pepper, and became increasingly peppery and bright. Really stains the finish with fruit. This trio of zinfandels struck me as the most successful and powerfully fruit-driven that Helen Turley has made to date for the Martinelli family.

95 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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Zinfandel

Zinfandel is not the rage it was in the 1980s and early 1990s, as there are now too many wines made from overripe fruit or from young vines, or overwhelmed by excessive use of new barrels. Today's Zin styles range from elegant, taut, and claret-like midweights to superripe and potty behemoths, with off-the-charts...
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