2011 Louis M. Martini "Monte Rosso Vineyard-Gnarly Vine" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1145980 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard Gnarly Vines is 100% Zinfandel, all sourced from Sonoma’s Monte Rosso site. Aged 16 months in 75% new French oak and 25% new American oak, there are just under 1,000 cases of this big boy (16.55% alcohol). A big, peppery, meaty Zinfandel, it offers up aromas of roast beef, black cherries, mulberries and charcuterie. Full-bodied, spice and heady, this hedonistic 2011 should drink well for 5-6 years. The iconic Louis M. Martini winery was first established eighty years ago on what was previously called the Goldstein Ranch, a large grape growing site that was once an active volcano on the Sonoma side of the Mayacamas Mountains. The site has been known for decades as the Monte Rosso Vineyard because of its mountain top setting and red soils. Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel vines were planted here as early as 1890, and the wines are currently being looked after by the third generation of the Martini family, principally Mike Martini. While the top wines are exactly what you would expect for high class wines from a grand cru site, the less expensive offerings are noteworthy values.  (12/2013)

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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

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- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 16.2