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2011 Martinelli Vineyards Zinfandel Vellutini 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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2011 Martinelli Vineyards Zinfandel Vellutini Ranch Russian River Valley

Producer: Martinelli Vineyards
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Zinfandel
Origin: California
Region: Sonoma
Appellation: Russian River Valley

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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2013

Bright purple.  Aromas of cassis, cherry compote and mocha, accented by a floral topnote.   Sappy and expansive, offering intense dark berry flavors sharpened by zesty acidity.  Fine-grained tannins arrive late and add shape to the energetic, appealingly sweet finish.  I find this wine drinkable now but have no doubt that it will age gracefully.

91 Points | Wine Spectator
90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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