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2006 Martinelli Vineyards Chardonnay Charles Ranch Sonoma Coast
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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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2006 Martinelli Vineyards Chardonnay Charles Ranch Sonoma Coast

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

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94 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2008

($48) Yellow-gold. Fresh melon, peach, smoked meat, toasty lees, iodine and white flowers on the nose, perked up by exotic Indian spices; lots going on here! Deep, chewy orchard and pit fruit flavors are firmed by juicy acidity and underscored by brown butter, herbs and spices, with smoky lees carrying into the finish. Offers remarkable vivacity for such power and depth, and a finish that refuses to let up. For the quality, this is an absolute steal.

87 Points | Wine Spectator
93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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