Martinelli Zio Tony Ranch Pinot Noir 2018
'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.' Robert M. Parker Jr.
Look for aromas of cinnamon stick, blueberries, blackberries, black cherries, orange peel and dried flowers. Medium-bodied, the concentrated blue and black fruits segue into spicy nuance, framed by very fine tannins and great freshness, finishing long and layered.
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley|
VinousThe 2018 Pinot Noir Zio Tony Ranch is a magnificent wine that captures all of the Martinelli signatures. Super-ripe red cherry, red plum, blood orange, mint and spice build in a sumptuous, beautifully layered Pinot that dazzles from start to finish. The mix of six different clones is one of the factors that yields a Pinot of stunning complexity. Wow!