Martinelli Lolita Ranch Zinfandel 2007
Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
The vines are trained on a vertical trellis system and are tightly spaced at 2,000 plants per acre. Each grapevine is thinned to bear between 2 and 3 pounds of fruit per vine, with the clusters hanging 24 inches above the ground. The grapes are picked between 25 and 27 degrees brix to ensure mature ripe fruit flavors. They are hand selected at harvest time by consulting winemaker, Helen Turley, who taste the berries and choose when to pick according to the developed concentration of flavors. After picking, the whole berries undergo a cold soak and short fermentation process. Each of the four varietals are fermented with wild yeast, resting in 75% new French oak on gross lees for 10 months before bottling. The wines are neither heat nor cold stabilized and are un-fined and un-filtered.
The Wine Advocate - "The only 2007 presented was the 2007 Zinfandel Lolita Ranch. Its deep ruby/purple hue is followed by aromas of spice box, ground pepper, ripe strawberries, meat juices, roasted herbs, and damp forest floor."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright ruby. Sexy, perfumed scents of black raspberry, cherry preserves, violet and smoky minerals; reminds me of the northern Rhone. Lush black and blue fruit flavors are complicated by floral pastille and mineral notes, picking up soft tannins with air. Very rich but also energetic, finishing with excellent clarity and thrust."
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 Wines
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the Joneses, or Napa-ites if you will. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
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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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.