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New 96 and 97 Point Best-of-Vintage Press from a Pinot Noir Legend - 03/22/2017 - Pinot Noir (domestic)

The Martinellis are grape growers first and foremost, paying close attention to everything that happens in the vineyard down to the smallest of details. The end result are wines which, arguably more than any other in Sonoma, convey a true sense of place. It’s for this reason when their site specific bottlings are released we rush to get as many as we can, but given their high demand it’s never is as much as we hoped. The 2015 vintage was particularly exciting as the "Bondi Home Ranch - Water Trough Vineyard" and the "Grace Nicole - Zio Tony Ranch" ranked among the best ever from their historic sites striking that perfect balance between power and refinement. Antonio Galloni was particularly impressed calling them “fabulous” and awarding ratings of 96 and 97 Points which rivaled the best of the publication.,

These are Pinot Noirs that operate at the very highest level. Thanks for cooler temperatures and longer than normal hang-times when compared to most other sites, these 2015s convey a profound level of complexity. Shockingly their prices remain very approachable given the Martinelli’s historic status. Both wines are very approachable now with smooth tannins and medium-weight (two tell-tale characteristics of the 2015 vintage). Once the wine is in the glass it’s next to impossible to not be captivated as they unveil one layer after another. These are top of the line releases that stand among the best produced in California including the likes of Kistler, Marcassin, and the rest. Unlike these producers however, these treasures can be had for a mere $69.99. A pittance when you consider the pedigree and remarkable quality they deliver.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2015 Martinelli "Bondi Home Ranch - Water Trough Vineyard" Green Valley Pinot Noir 97 34 $69.99 View
2015 Martinelli "Grace Nicole - Zio Tony Ranch" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 96 >36 $69.99 View


2015 Martinelli "Bondi Home Ranch - Water Trough Vineyard" Green Valley Pinot Noir ($69.99)

97 points Vinous: "The 2015 Pinot Noir Bondi Home Ranch, from Marinelli's coolest Pinot site, is another stunner. Silky, nuanced and wonderfully expressive on the palate, the 2015 possesses remarkable intensity but in a decidedly mid-weight style by Martinelli standards. Dense and compact in its center, the 2015 needs at least a few years to open up. Even today, though, it is dazzling. Early to bloom and late to ripen, Bondi Home Ranch enjoys an especially long growing season. (AG)" (03/2017)

K&L Notes: Bondi Home Ranch is planted with Pinot Noir clones 115, 777, 667, 828, 943, and Calera. The 2015 vintage was marked by an early growing season and a reduced crop which finished with very good quality. The wine was aged in 80% new French oak for one year before bottling. From the winery: "The nose on the 2015 Bondi Home Ranch Pinot Noir is crisp black tea, boysenberry and spice box. The palate offers seamless, mouth-coating tobacco and blue fruit."

Jordan Stone | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 17, 2017

The Bondi Home Ranch is mid-weight and has a lot of subtle flavors that are refreshing and vibrant. Nice dark berry that shows some weight, cedar wood, tea and light cinnamon and cardamom. If you lay this baby down for a short nap, when it wakes up you should have a beauty on your hands.

Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 17, 2017

During our recent Sonoma trip, we stopped at Martinelli to check out their current releases and the Bondi Home Ranch Pinot was a true standout. Full of baking spices and herbal tea, this Pinot is a bit more savory but still has beautiful fruit components like boysenberry jam and is super silky in texture. Delicious!

Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 17, 2017

I poured this Martinelli Pinot Noir at a public tasting last weekend and everyone went crazy for it. The thing I love about this pinot noir is how adaptable it is to everyone's palate and preferred style. People who like a little upfront fruit will like it. People who like a touch of toastiness will like it. People who like a little bit of secondary aromatics will like it. People who like structure will like. This pinot noir fits all of the above. Loaded with beautiful exotic wood and savory spice notes, the dark brooding fruit on the palate gives way to even more savory notes and crushed floral elements on the finish. I'm always looking for a wine to go with every occasion and every crowd and I just found my wine!

2015 Martinelli

2015 Martinelli "Grace Nicole - Zio Tony Ranch" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($69.99)

96 points Vinous: "The 2015 Pinot Noir Zio Tony Ranch is another fabulous wine from Martinelli. Dark, round and inviting, the 2015 possesses striking depth and intensity. Succulent black cherry, plum, spice, leather and rose petal shape this utterly compelling Pinot. Sweet floral notes add attractive aromatic lift and refinement. (AG)" (03/2017)

K&L Notes: Zio Tony Ranch is planted with clones 777, 115, 828, Calera, and Quail Hill. The 2015 vintage was marked by an early growing season and a reduced crop which finished with very good quality. The wine was aged in 70% new French oak for 10 months before bottling. From the winery: "The 2015 Zio Tony Ranch Pinot Noir has dense aromas of tobacco and black fruit, cherry and plum. The palate offers well-balanced cherry and red apple with mouth-coating density."

Jordan Stone | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 17, 2017

This Pinot is not to be missed. This is an age-worthy champ. It has a full, rich mouthfeel that still shows as refined and lifted. Dark cherry and blueberry flavors, leather, spice and a beautiful floral element.

Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 17, 2017

Zio Tony Ranch, originally an apple orchard, is home to Chardonnay, Syrah and Pinot Noir vines that thrive with the vineyard's warm/cool temperatures. This 2015 Pinot from Martinelli is a dense wine with vibrant fruit and good balance. Fruit flavors include red cherry, blueberries and plum with tobacco and baking spice notes as well. This is a wine that's well worth the price and could age for quite some time.

Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 17, 2017

I love the contrast between the Bondi Home Ranch Pinot to the Zio Tony Ranch Pinot. While the Bondi is more savory and lifted, the Zio Tony is dense and brooding. Aromatic blue fruit and violets jump out of the glass accompanied by fresh molasses and blackberry notes. The real difference between the two single vineyards is in the weight; the Zio Tony is rich, concentrated and full bodied (for a pinot noir). I always try to steer away from the classic rib-eye steak and cali cab pairing and this pinot noir is the ideal replacement to pair with any steak dinner!