2011 Martinelli, "Bella Vigna" Chardonnay, Sonoma


Press and Tasting Notes

This is one delightful Chardonnay for winter dining and relaxing. On the nose a warm sensation of rock, salt, pear, honey and dried lemon. On the palate the wine has mouth-filling texture with flavors of lemon, green apple, and stone fruit. No need to wait to enjoy. Pair with a decadent lobster bisque, sole sauteed in a rich brown butter or oven-r ... Read More »

A Merchant's Pick

Featured November 28, 2015


Here is our recipe for winter happiness: one soft leather chair, one crackling fire and a glass or two of Martinelli Bella Vigna Chardonnay.Next, allow yourself to relax in the wine's delightful aromas and palate pleasing sensation.
    You may recognize Martinelli from some of the finest restaurant wine lists. If not, that's because Martinelli is rarely available. When it comes to winemaking, the Martinelli family is essentially Russian River royalty. Not only have they been growing grapes since the 1880’s and producing their own wines, but they also sell grapes to a virtual who's who of Napa wine giants: Helen Turley, Kistler, and Pahlmayer to name a few. But there is a little secret; Martinelli keeps the best and oldest parcels for their own wines!
    Fruit for the Bella Vigna Chardonnay is hand selected at harvest time by Lee Martinelli, Sr. The result is a classic Sonoma County Chardonnay that is rich in texture with complex citrus and stone fruit flavor. A mere 380 cases of this wonderfully balanced wine are hand crafted each year - it is truly one of the best made wines for the price.
    Enjoy it now with a decadent lobster bisque, sole sauteed in a rich brown butter or oven-roasted chicken with caramelized vegetables. Cheers!Read More »



Chardonnay is the most popular white wine grape grown throughout the world.  The most prized Chardonnay growing regions are Burgundy, Champagne and California.  The Chardonnays of Burgundy tend to produce dry, elegant wines wit ... Read More »



The largest domestic wine growing region in the United States is by far California.  California wines took international recognition in the 1976 competition known as "The Judgement Of Paris."  In this famous blind tasting, California wines were pu ... Read More »

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