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 Vintage2010 Label 1 of 13 
ProducerMartinelli (web)
VineyardVellutini Ranch
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationRussian River Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2018 (based on 7 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Martinelli Zinfandel Vellutini Ranch on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.4 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 33 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by shotrock1999 on 2/1/2015: 2015 Milwaukee Men's Bonspiel (363 views)
 Tasted by shaferguy91 on 12/23/2014 & rated 90 points: A bit too much alcohol showing. (549 views)
 Tasted by bemeyer on 11/27/2014 & rated 90 points: nice fruit with a bit of the alcohol coming through. Drink next bottle in 10 months (455 views)
 Tasted by beezer6 on 10/6/2014 & rated 93 points: Dinner with Johnny and Chris (Whisk (Chicago, IL)): Nice sweetness to this wine. With some nice air this actually didn't come across like the 16.9% alcohol the label read. Deep dark rich blackberries and spice. Licorice, coal and peppercorns.
Lovely masculine textbook style of Zinfandel but well harnessed with some surprisingly vibrant acidity on the finish. Didn't come across as hot, just chewy and quite voluptuous. (906 views)
 Tasted by ebert on 4/6/2014 & rated 90 points: good zin with a good balance but not very complex. (1188 views)
 Tasted by edwilley3 on 3/30/2014 & rated 92 points: Second bottle in a couple months with a generally consistent score (91-92). This wine needs at least 5 hours of air to show its depth due to the sheer scale of the wine (fruit and alcohol). 8-10 would be my recommendation. Not my favorite of the Martinelli zins, yet this is a rewarding bottle with a large fruit bouquet and - provided it gets air - a certain grace. There are subtle spice notes for me, but this game is all about the broad fruit profile with medium intensity and a fairly long finish. Not jammy (Welch's), unlike the Rombauer tasted the same day. This doesn't play in the league of Turley, but it's a cut above some Ridge bottlings. Also, I didn't think that the alcohol was overwhelming after it was decanted. However, this is *not* a wine that should be drunk on a pop and pour basis. It would be overwhelming and not entirely harmonious, although frankly the nasty Rombauer zin (15.99%) tasted at the same time was more alcoholic in a side by side tasting. I've also had the 2005 Brogan zin with a similar alcohol level (about 17%) and I thought the same thing was true of it. Just don't pop and pour a big zinfandel. (922 views)
 Tasted by twoamps on 3/5/2014 & rated 90 points: black cherry, a hint of old oak, and a fair amount of peppery spice. Tons of fruit. Hard to hide the alcohol, though. Don't wait too long to drink. (891 views)
 Tasted by DavidDay on 1/6/2014 & rated 90 points: Dark red cherries and leather, very ripe, but the immense fruit carries the 16.9% alcohol. The problem with this wine is what will happen as it ages, I think it should be enjoyed for the present. (1069 views)
 Tasted by Tom Warden on 10/20/2013 & rated 89 points: This is dense , rich and complex as advertised. Unfortunately the alcohol (16.5%) got in the way of me enjoying it more. A bit too much heat for me. (1094 views)
 Tasted by Yannisf on 8/10/2013 & rated 93 points: This is a great wine, unique nose and palette (940 views)
 Tasted by Chriskrueger on 7/17/2013 & rated 92 points: Almost like a pinot (964 views)
 Tasted by peterk on 6/18/2013 & rated 89 points: Dark fruit, spicy. A bit one dimensional. Some heat. Nevertheless very good with spaghetti bolognese. (943 views)
 Tasted by DavidDay on 4/28/2013 & rated 90 points: Dark red cherries, leather are balanced in a full-bodied, intense wine. (969 views)
 Tasted by danielbleier on 4/22/2013 & rated 92 points: spiced plum nose, some amount of heat...plenty of smooth dark fruit, chocolate, sweet asian spice, pepper finish...went well with Salt Lick BBQ, and Uncle Jim asked for more. (558 views)
 Tasted by danielbleier on 4/22/2013 & rated 92 points: consistent with notes of 4/22/2013 Spiced plum nose, some amount of heat...plenty of smooth dark fruit, chocolate, sweet asian spice, pepper finish...went well with Salt Lick BBQ, and Uncle Jim asked for more. (788 views)
 Tasted by dundeehills on 3/19/2013 & rated 92 points: Classic Sonoma County zin, great balance of fruit and spice. (675 views)
 Tasted by Jay A on 12/15/2012 & rated 93 points: Any way you slice it, this is an amazing Zin. This is a younger vineyard next to Jack Ass Vineyard I believe. The fruit is absolutely pure. Tons of raspberry, plum, boysenberry and red cherry. The fruit reminds of the perfect summer ripeness with its sweet, gentle and intense nature. After the fruit there is a lovely dose of pepper. The wine is very concentrated, but the texture is more delicate than one would expect with this type of concentration. Just a lovely, lovely expression of Zin. (1025 views)
 Tasted by Deb293 on 11/8/2012 & rated 90 points: Very complex nose of herbs and fruit; on the palate this had forward dark fruit and bright acidity. The heat was not off-putting...maybe wait a bit if this is a concern. In all, really liked this wine; should be good for a few more years but don't wait too long to catch this fruit. (1135 views)
 Tasted by Scharin on 5/9/2012 & rated 89 points: From recollection: Very deep color, strawberry jam on the nose & palate. A bit of alcohol heat, but not too much. (1301 views)
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All of the Martinelli Estate vineyards are farmed by Lee Martinelli, Sr., and sons Lee, Jr., and George Martinelli. The wines are made by our winemaker, Helen Turley, and assistant winemaker, Bryan Kvamme. These handcrafted wines are un-fined, un-filtered, neither cold nor heat stabilized and may contain naturally occurring sediment.


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