Martinelli Giuseppe & Luisa Russian River Zinfandel 2019

Original Price $66.99
Current Price $53.97

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97pts Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

The Martinelli family has been growing grapes in the Russian River Valley since 1887 when Giuseppe and Luisa Martinelli moved from Tuscany to start a winery. Together, they planted a small amount of Zinfandel and Muscat Alexandria on a 60-degree slope best known today as Jackass Hill (“because only a real jackass would farm that slope”). More than a century later, this remains the steepest non-terraced vineyard in Sonoma. The winery has been handed down three generations and is now managed by Lee Sr. About 90% of grapes, they farm are sold to other Sonoma County wineries, but everything they produce under the Martinelli label is made with hands-off approach. The wines are fermented with naturally occurring yeasts and are bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: "Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2019 Zinfandel Giuseppe & Luisa bursts with singular aromas of dried lavender and citrus peel, smoky, mineral-like undertones and loads of exotic spices over a core of wild berry preserves and peaches. It's incredible in the mouth, its full flavors delivered in a silky, ultra fresh and lifted frame, and it finishes with loads of floral nuance. Wow! Drink date: 2020-2032." Feb 2021

Winery: "Our Giuseppe & Luisa Zinfandel has aromas of strawberry, raspberry, white peach and clove. On the palate it is juicy with Bing cherry and spices, followed by a strawberry-cream finish."

Bottle 750ml, cork
Varietal Zinfandel
Alcohol ~16.5%
pH 11 months in 33% new French oak on its gross lees
Region Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California
Original Price $66.99
Current Price $53.97

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