Martinelli Lolita Ranch Zinfandel 2007
Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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 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."
The Wine Advocate
"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."
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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...
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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...
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Zinfandel the American - or Californian - grape. Although it's not from America
(Croatia has been named its origin),
it does seem quite at home in the vineyards of California.
During Prohibition, many
Zinfandel vines survived as the high-yielding grape was popular both for home winemaking and communion wine, which is...
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