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2009 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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2009 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 2012

Hazy gold. Spicy aromas of poached pear, yellow apple, peach and tangerine, with hints of marzipan, sweet butter and minerals.  Rich but elegant and fresh on the palate, with bright orchard and candied citrus flavors enlivened by juicy acidity and gently accented by a touch of sea salt.  Finishes on a strong note of iodine.

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

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Chardonnay

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