2000 Martinelli "Giuseppe & Luisa" Russian River Valley Zinfandel
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 600-case cuvee of 2000 Zinfandel Guiseppe and Luisa admirably conceals its 17.2% alcohol (unless someone is foolish enough to drink the entire bottle). Its knock-out aromas of plum liqueur, prunes, leather, chocolate, espresso beans, Asian spices, underbrush, and pepper are followed by a dense, unctuously-textured, full-bodied, large-scaled, mouth-staining Zinfandel...(RP)
From the winery: "The year was 1899 when Giuseppe and Luisa Martinelli planted three acres of Zinfandel in the little town of Forestville. The special site they chose was a 60-degree slope with a southeastern exposure.The old vineyard is now known as Jackass Hill and remains the steepest non-terraced hillside vineyard in Sonoma County. Almost 100 years later Giuseppe and Luisa's grandson, Lee Martinelli Sr., followed in their footsteps by planting a Zinfandel vineyard. The site of the Jackass Hill vineyard is very unique but Lee believed in the great quality of the scion. He grafted budwood from the centurion vines onto devigorating rootstocks and planted them one meter by two meters apart on a rocky knoll above the Martinelli Winery. The young grapevines are cultivated to produce only 3 pounds of fruit per vine and have rewarded Lee's faith by producing a wine with intensely concentrated flavors of blackberries and blueberries. And so we present the Giuseppe & Luisa Zinfandel."