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Martinelli Chardonnay 2002

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The Woolsey Road Ranch was formerly the site of the old Baldocci Winery. It has since passed hands over the decades until Lee and Carolyn Martinelli purchased it in 1997. The ancient barn on the estate once housed seven mules which were used to cultivate the property in the early 1900's. The vineyard site is a series of beautiful rolling knolls which offer a brilliant view of distant erupting geysers to the north. The foggy mornings of the Russian River Valley lend wonderful fruit characteristics to this Burgundian varietal. The grapes are picked between 25 & 26 degrees brix to ensure mature ripe fruit flavors. They are hand selected at harvest time by Lee Martinelli, who tastes the grapes and chooses when to pick according to the developed concentration of flavors in the berries. The wine is fermented with wild yeast and encouraged to complete malo-lactic fermentation. It is unfined and unfiltered and rests in 65% new French oak for ten months before bottling.

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Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Martinelli Winery:
Since 1896, five generations of the Martinelli family have worked together producing apples and wine in Sonoma County. We invite you to stop by the Martinelli Vineyards Tasting room in our historic Hop Barn to try our award winning estate wines.

External Reviews for Martinelli Chardonnay

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

Yeasty bread dough aromas lead to a rich, creamy-textured wine, with scents of anise, ripe fig, honeysuckle and spice. Broad and expansive, with a long, intricate aftertaste that echoes butterscotch. Drink now through 2009. 580 cases made. Wine Spectator. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2002 Martinelli Chardonnay Martinelli Road 750ml



The Woolsey Road Ranch was formerly the site of the old Baldocci Winery. It has since passed hands over the decades until Lee and Carolyn Martinelli purchased it in 1997. The ancient barn on the estate once housed seven mules which were used to cultivate the property in the early 1900's. The vineyard site is a series of beautiful rolling knolls which offer a brilliant view of distant erupting geysers to the north. The foggy mornings of the Russian River Valley lend wonderful fruit characteristics to this Burgundian varietal. The grapes are picked between 25 & 26 degrees brix to ensure mature ripe fruit flavors. They are hand selected at harvest time by Lee Martinelli, who tastes the grapes and chooses when to pick according to the developed concentration of flavors in the berries. The wine is fermented with wild yeast and encouraged to complete malo-lactic fermentation. It is unfined and unfiltered and rests in 65% new French oak for ten months before bottling.

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