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2008 Martinelli Vineyards Chardonnay Zio Tony Ranch 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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2008 Martinelli Vineyards Chardonnay Zio Tony Ranch 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 2011

Light yellow-gold.  Fresh, mineral-tinged tangerine, quince and sweet butter on the nose, with a gentle floral quality building with air.  Green apple, citrus fruit and toasted brioche flavors are deepened by iodine and lees, and perked up by excellent back-end lift and cut.  Nothing heavy or loose-knit here but this chardonnay packs a serious punch.

94 Points | Wine Spectator
95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Chardonnay at it's best.
04/20/2013
by Thompson12631893
Full without being heavy, Smokey and minerialy without being too woody. Clean fruity, and citrus with a touch of buttery goodness.

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