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Martinelli 2018 'Giuseppe & Luisa' Zinfandel, Sonoma

96 Points Parker - limited                   
Limited release of Martinelli's legendary Giuseppe & Luisa Sonoma Zinfandel.

93 Points Robert Parker: "The 2018 Zinfandel Giuseppe and Luisa has a medium ruby color and an elegant profile, with a nose of saline, apricots, raspberry and strawberry, plus notes of black tea, blood orange and earth. Medium-bodied, it has a silky texture and nuanced flavor layers with seamless freshness and a long, layered finish."

95 Points Jeb Dunnuck: "One of the many standouts in this range, the Martinelli Zinfandel Giuseppe & Luisa is fabulous. The purity of the flavors is remarkable. Bright red cherry, blood orange, mint and wild flowers are all beautifully delineated in a racy, textured Zinfandel that delivers the goods big time. All the elements meld together effortlessly."

...One of the great families of Northern California, and of course, one of the highest quality producers, the Martinellis – and rather remarkably so – only estate-bottle 15% of their production from over 300 acres of beautifully situated vineyards in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast. No doubt Helen Turley, who worked at Martinelli and mentored its winemaking team, left a profound influence on the quality of the Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Syrahs and Zinfandels, a fact that can’t be overstated. The Chardonnays all go through full malolactic fermentation and tend to see about 50% new oak. The Pinot Noirs are always 100% destemmed and largely spend no longer than ten months in about 60% new French oak. More specifics are included with the following tasting notes."