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2012 Martinelli Vineyards Zinfandel Jackass Vineyard 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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2012 Martinelli Vineyards Zinfandel Jackass Vineyard Russian River Valley

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

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

(17.3% alcohol):  Bright ruby.  Intensely perfumed scents of red and dark berry liqueur, Asian spices and potpourri, with a hint of smokiness in the background.  Juicy and precise but densely packed as well, offering intense black raspberry and cherry flavors and a touch of candied lavender.  Supple tannins shape the finish, which clings with superb tenacity and pronounced spiciness.  Lee Martinelli Jr. noted that the Jackass Vineyard bottling is always more tannic and structured than the Jackass Hill, which he described as more opulent and approachable when young.

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