2010 Martinelli Zinfandel Vellutini Ranch


  • USA
  • > California
  • > Sonoma County
  • > Russian River Valley
Drink between 2013 - 2018
CT91.4 29 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 18

  • shaferguy91 wrote: (90 points)

    December 23, 2014 - A bit too much alcohol showing.

  • bemeyer wrote: (90 points)

    November 27, 2014 - nice fruit with a bit of the alcohol coming through. Drink next bottle in 10 months

  • beezer6 wrote: (93 points)

    October 6, 2014 - 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.

  • 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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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

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 2 (0%)
  • In Cellars 353 (69%)
  • Consumed 153 (30%)

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