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2008 Martinelli Winery Chardonnay Lolita Ranch Russian River Valley
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About Martinelli Winery

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 Winery Chardonnay Lolita Ranch Russian River Valley

Producer: Martinelli Winery
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Chardonnay
Origin: California
Region: Sonoma
Appellation: Russian River Valley

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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2011

Bright gold.  Powerful, musky aromas of poached pear, orange, porcini and smoky lees, with a note of iodine building with air.  At once rich and lively, offering succulent orchard fruit flavors and a bitter note of orange pith.  Picks up a licorice quality with air that carries through the long, sappy, gently smoky finish.

92 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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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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