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1999 Martinelli "Giuseppe & Luisa" Russian River Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1030500 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Production of the 1999 Zinfandel Guiseppe and Luisa (made from the same clone planted in the Jackass Hill Vineyard) is a whopping 1,600 cases. The dense plum/purple color is accompanied by a glorious perfume of jammy blackberry and cassis fruit, an unctuous, opulent texture, high glycerin (17% alcohol), and a dry, long, dense, pure finish. This is a stunning, flamboyant Zinfandel elixir to drink over the next 6-10 years. (RP) Inner quote mark (10/2001)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Saturated bright, deep ruby. Knockout nose combines blackberry, orange peel, tar, bitter chocolate and black pepper. Great sweetness and size in the mouth; powerful, dense and deep but avoids the roasted, pruney character shown by so much zinfandel at this level of ripeness (the Martinellis thinned the fruit up to a week before the harvest to even out the ripeness of the grapes). Thick but lively. This has extraordinary fruit. Very long, resounding finish features big but ripe tannins. A remarkable zinfandel from vines planted in the early 1990s. (ST) Inner quote mark (6/2001)

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