Martinelli Guiseppe & Louisa Zinfandel 2009
Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
The Giuseppe and Luisa Zinfandel is bursting with aromas of boysenberry, brambly strawberry, and nectarine fruit. This is a supple Zinfandel with velvety blackberry and flinty plum flavors and a richness that fills your mouth and lingers.
International Wine Cellar - "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 strongly spiced piece of braised or grilled lamb, or maybe a strong cheese."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "The 2009 Zinfandel Giuseppe and Luisa unfolds on the palate with freshly cut flowers, roses, sweet red berries, licorice and tobacco. This is a relatively feminine Zinfandel, with persistent floral notes that are woven throughout. The Guiseppe and Luisa impresses for its racy personality. "
Martinelli Winery & Vineyards
The Martinelli family has been farming in Sonoma County since 1860. All of the wines are produced from estate grown grapes which are farmed by Lee Martinelli Sr., and sons, Lee, Jr. and George, continuing five generations of the proud family legacy of caretaking the land. The Martinelli family along with winemaker Bryan Kvamme and consulting winemaker, Helen Turley (1992-2010) work from beginning to end; analyzing soil samples, choosing rootstocks, varietals and clones that are the best matched to a particular growing site, seasonal primping and pruning in the field, and the final blends for the finished wines. The Martinelli family specializes in single-vineyard Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Syrah. View all Martinelli Winery & Vineyards Wines
About Russian RiverView a map of Russian River wineries
The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to Christmas trees.
Notable FactsThe proximity of this cool river and the rolling fogs from the Pacific Ocean make the area amenable to cool-climate grapes like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In fact, the region is quite known for its full-bodied, yet elegant Pinot Noir, as well as their ripe, yet lean Chardonnays. Within Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. Chalk Hill is the warmer of the two and furthest from the ocean, while Green Valley is cooler and closer to the water.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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