2002 Martinelli "Jackass Vineyard" Russian River Valley Zinfandel
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The brilliant 2002 Zinfandel Jackass Vineyard (485 cases of 16.5% material) has a deep ruby/purple color, a big, full-bodied nose that smells like a Moroccan outdoor marketplace, with many exotic spices, huge amounts of sweet currant, and brandy-laced blackberry, plum-like fruit. Some figs enter the picture, and this powerful, individualistic wine is spicy, rich, unctuously textured, and just oh, so long and thrilling to drink.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark ruby-red. High-toned nose dominated by roasted plum, prune and eucalyptus, plus a whiff of varnish. Hugely ripe, fat and opulent, but in a rather heavy style. By comparison, the Jackass Vineyard bottling is fresher and more vinous. As with some past vintages of this zinfandel, I don't find the exuberant berry character of the variety.
A superrich, ultraripe and remarkably complex wine that's dense and concentrated, with tiers of sage, blackberry, wild berry and raspberry fruit, all well-balanced. Toasty oak adds a nice flavor dimension and gives a fleshy feel. Finishes with a flash of heat.