2013 Martinelli, "Giuseppe & Luisa" Zinfandel, Russian River Valley

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Press and Tasting Notes

Opaque ruby. Pungent, high-pitched bouquet of cherry-cola, blackberry, potpourri and Moroccan spices. Becomes smokier with air, offering sweet black fruit compote and fruitcake flavors with slow-building tannins and an exotic lavender pastille quality. Supple tannins add grip to the long, spicy, tightly focused finish. This wild thing needs a st ... Read More »

A Merchant's Pick


Featured July 20, 2011

THE REVIEW

This rare Zinfandel treat is as elusive as it is hedonistic. Stephen Tanzer calls this decadent red a "wild thing" and he couldn't be more accurate.
    With a cult-like following arguably more intense than Turley and Marcassin (and that says a lot), Martinelli's Giuseppe & Luisa Zinfandel is made by consulting winemaker Helen Turley. The vines are big, beautiful and gnarly, and the wine is the same. Worth every penny, this Zinfandel boasts aromas of plums, roasted meats, herbs and figs. This deep, dense, full-bodied effort is an exotic red with a high-pitched bouquet of cherry-cola, blackberry, and Moroccan spices. If you have the willpower to wait, let this wine breath in the glass for 30 minutes as this nuanced red becomes smokier with air, offering sweet black fruit compotes.
    Extremely limited in quantity, orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We also have some of Martinelli's highly sought after Three Sisters Chardonnay, another delicious wine that hails from an equally impressive vintage.
    Enjoy the Martinelli Zinfandel with your favorite grilled food this summer, especially spicy cuisine. Enjoy now, but don't forget to cellar a few of these gems for easily 5 years.Read More »

Region

California

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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