White

2016 Martinelli Chardonnay Martinelli Road

Chardonnay

  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
  • Russian River Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 2

  • Deb293 wrote: 90 points

    December 14, 2019 - Very heavy on the oak and vanilla. Generally I'm a huge fan of Martinelli Chards, but this was a bit over the top, especially for casual sipping. Went pretty well with Thanksgiving turkey, though. Needs the right food.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • msuwright wrote: 91 points

    November 30, 2019 - This creamy and boozy Chardonnay has a lot to offer, but it ultimately offers too much (i.e., fruit, oak, viscosity), at least at the moment. Part of me enjoyed its sheer excess, but it's a difficult wine to justify in respectable company. Call it a guilty pleasure if you must, but there are more fine-tuned - and just as flavorful - pleasures in the world of modern CA Chardonnay (e.g., Aubert, Morlet).

    Yellow in color; full in body; muted nose of vanilla extract, pear, and saline. Mouth-coating flavors of caramel apple, brioche french toast, toasted almonds, orange curd, and lemon meringue, with a creamy and slightly charred finish. 15.4% alcohol. Decant at least an hour, but I'd recommend waiting 6-12 months to see if / how this integrates.

    2 people found this helpful Comment

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Best New Releases from Sonoma and Beyond (May 2019), 5/1/2019 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • Type White
  • Producer Martinelli
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Martinelli Road
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sonoma County
  • Appellation Russian River Valley

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  • In Cellars 94 (57%)
  • Consumed 71 (43%)

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