Martinelli Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Reserve 2003
This vineyard site was planted in the 1970's on a rocky knoll in the Russian River Valley. This particular micro-climate, which is the perfect blend of cool and warm, is ideal for producing exemplary Burgundian varietals. The grapes are picked between 24 and 26 degrees brix to ensure mature ripe fruit flavors. They are hand selected at harvest time by Lee Martinelli and wine maker Helen Turley, who taste the grapes and then choose when to pick according to the developed concentration of flavors in the berries. After picking the grape clusters are de-stemmed, then the whole berries undergo a long cool fermentation with indigenous yeast to generate skin contact and extract fruit character. The juice is gravity fed into small oak barrels with a touch of residual sugar remaining to complete the fermentation process in barrel until dry. It is then allowed to rest and mature in 65% new French oak on its gross lees for ten months without interruption. The grapes, juice, and then wine are minimally handled. The finished wine is unfined, unfiltered, neither cold nor heat stabilized and contain naturally occurring sediment. We recommend decanting or allowing the bottle to sit upright in a cool place prior to serving. Salute!
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 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Reserve
Back in the more blockbuster style, the saturated ruby-colored 2003 Pinot Noir Zio Tony Ranch has big perfume of jammy strawberries, cherries, rose petals, and earth. The wine offers impressive fruit,... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2003 Martinelli Pinot Noir Zio Tony Ranch 750ml
The 2001 Pinot Noir Martinelli Vineyard Reserve possesses abundant quantities of plum and raspberry fruit along with a sexy, sweet earthiness, high alcohol (15.3%), and a lusty finish. It should drink well for 4-6 years. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2001 Martinelli Pinot Noir Martinelli Vineyard Reserve 750ml
The dark ruby-colored 2000 Pinot Noir Martinelli Vineyard Reserve (13.6% alcohol) is reminiscent of a Pommard premier cru. It possesses good acidity as well as a big, meaty, muscular personality with hints of sweet apple skins intermixed with black c... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2000 Martinelli Pinot Noir Martinelli Vineyard Reserve 750ml
...black cherry/raspberry-scented nose reveals lavish quantities of toasty oak, sweet black raspberries, sous-bois, smoke, and soy. Full-bodied and soft, with splendid concentration and enormous depth... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 1999 Martinelli Pinot Noir Martinelli Vineyard Reserve 750ml