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Bottle Price: $99.00
Bin: 613
Name: Martinelli Winery "Giuseppe and Luisa" Zinfandel
Vintage: 2012
Region: Russian River Valley AVA, Sonoma County, California (WS:87 - Drink now)
Varietal: Zinfandel
Producer: Martinelli Winery
Country: USA
Rating: WS:87

Tasting Notes: The 2012 Giuseppe and Luisa Zinfandel has a superbly ripe nose of blackberry, bright cherry bramble, plum, orange and mint. The palate is poised and centered red raspberry, cassis, golden currants and plum.
Galaxy Notes: Single Vineyard Bottling. 10 acres. 30 year old vines. 503 cases produced. The year was 1899 when Giuseppe and Luisa Martinelli planted three acres of Zinfandel in the little town of Forestville nestled in the Russian River Valley. The special site they chose was a very steep slope of 60-degrees with a southeastern exposure. The small vineyard supplied enough wine for the family's home meals and to share with friends at the customary Sunday gatherings held in the nearby groves of Redwood trees. The rich vino also supplemented the family's income from their small farm. The old vineyard is now known as Jackass Hill and remains the steepest non-terraced hillside vineyard in Sonoma County. Nearly one century later Giuseppe and Luisa's grandson, Lee Martinelli Sr., followed in their footsteps by planting a Zinfandel vineyard. The site of the Jackass Hill vineyard is very unique and Lee believed in the great quality of the scion. He grafted budwood from the centurion vines ont
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