Martinelli Bella Vigna Chardonnay
2011 Martinelli Bella Vigna Chardonnay – “Warm nose of rock, salt, pear, honey and dried lemon. The palate is solid with a mouth-filling texture and flavors of lemon, green apple, stone fruit and a hint of licorice.
“The history of Martinelli goes back generations! It all started in 1895 when Giuseppe Martinelli left the Minnesota coal mines in search of a place to start a winery in California. When he arrived, the Russian River Valley reminded him of his Italian homeland so that is where he settled. It was later that he realized the tremendous potential of Jackass Hill and planted his first Zinfandel vineyard there.
Today, the Martinelli’s vineyards are planted to Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, tiny quantities of Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat, and of course, Pinot Noir. The valley’s maritime influence is perfect for Pinot Noir, which needs a long ripening season with warm days and cool nights. These tiny production Pinot Noirs are all handcrafted. The grapes are whole cluster pressed and 100% barrel-fermented with their own natural yeasts. They are bottled unfined and unfiltered and, therefore, have a little naturally occurring sediment. These wines are intense, with gobs of ripe fruit, luscious tannins and tremendous depth. Yet they are not overblown and somehow manage to be elegant and powerful at the same time.”