Lot #44 MARTINELLI WINERY
MARTINELLI VALLEY ZINFANDEL
- Russian River Valley
ABOUT THE WINE:
The “Martinelli Valley Zinfandel” barrel auction lot is the very first time Zinfandel grapes from all of the Martinelli estate vineyards on Martinelli Road have been blended together. Lee Martinelli Sr. coined the term “Martinelli Valley” to describe the area where Martinelli Road runs through the bottom of the valley with the vineyards gracing the hillsides above. Martinelli Zinfandels are usually made as vineyard designates but this barrel lot is made with fruit from Jackass Vineyard, Jackass Hill, Lolita Ranch and Vellutini Ranch.
Martinelli’s vineyards have been farmed by their family since the 1880s and multiple generations of the family still live in “Martinelli Valley.” Some of the fruit in this barrel lot is from 135-year-old vines and Lee Sr. still farms them himself at 82 years old, like his father and grandfather did before him. Jackass Hill is the steepest, non-terraced vineyard in California and the “Martinelli Valley Zinfandel” barrel lot includes grapes from that vineyard.
Winemaker Courtney Wagoner’s philosophy is to influence the wines as minimally as possible, so the vineyard characteristic shines through and that is especially true of this barrel lot. “Martinelli Valley Zinfandel” starts with aromas of Santa Rosa plum flesh, toasted almond and white pepper. The ripe plum entry leads to fresh raspberry midpalate with a balanced acidity that lasts all the way to the fresh stone fruit finish.
WINEMAKER(S): Courtney Wagoner
ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE: August 2022
ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE: January 2023
National Distribution: AL, AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IA, KS, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, Washington, DC
International Distribution: Please inquire for more information.A winemaker dinner or store visit is offered in your market as part of this lot. Must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date.