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Martinelli 2018 Bondi Home Ranch Pinot Noir, Russian River

★ 96 Points                                                                                   

96 Points Antonio Galloni (Vinous):  "The 2018 Pinot Noir Bondi Home Ranch is an intriguing wine. This site, in the cold Sebastopol Hills, is early to go through bud break and late to ripen. That long growing season yields a Pinot with intense, ripe flavors and bright acids, a combination that at times is very Zinfandel-like in its inflections. Dried flowers, leather, mint, cedar and earthy tones add myriad shades of nuance. This is such a striking and alluring Pinot.

Robet Parker: "...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."

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