2010 Martinelli Zinfandel Vellutini Ranch


  • USA
  • > California
  • > Sonoma County
  • > Russian River Valley
Drink between 2013 - 2018
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Community Tasting Notes 15

  • ebert Likes this wine: (90 points)

    April 6, 2014 - good zin with a good balance but not very complex.

  • edwilley3 Likes this wine: (92 points)

    March 30, 2014 - 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.

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  • twoamps Likes this wine: (90 points)

    March 5, 2014 - 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.

  • DavidDay Likes this wine: (90 points)

    January 6, 2014 - 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.

  • Tom Warden wrote: (89 points)

    October 20, 2013 - 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.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2010
  • Type Red
  • Producer Martinelli
  • Varietal Zinfandel
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Vellutini Ranch
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sonoma County
  • Appellation Russian River Valley

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  • In Cellars 361 (75%)
  • Consumed 121 (25%)

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