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2011 Martinelli Vineyards Chardonnay Martinelli Road 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 Chardonnay Martinelli Road Russian River Valley

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

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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2014

Greenish gold.  Ripe orchard and pit fruit aromas are enlivened by lemon zest and ginger.  Smooth and fleshy in texture, offering broad pear and honey flavors and a subtle mineral touch.  Suggestions of vanilla and clove show the 60% new oak component and carry through a smoky, clinging finish, with the lemon note echoing  This was the last chardonnay vineyard that the Martinellis picked this vintage.

95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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