1996 Martinelli Jack Ass Vineyard Zinfandel - 750ml
1996 Martinelli Jack Ass Vineyard Zinfandel - 96 pts!
The Martinelli Family has been farming their estate vineyards for over 135 years, continuing their rich history and making them 6th generation wine growers and farmers. The Martinelli children have always been raised working in the fields from a young age. Leno Martinelli was making wine at 5 years old, and farming his own vineyards at the age of 12. Leno taught his son, Lee Sr., to make wine alongside him when Lee Sr was 5.
This tradition continued with Lee Sr. having his children tying vines, suckering, and picking apples at ages as young as 6 years old. A strong work ethic was the byproduct to the stewardship of the land as a way of life, a gift to provide for your family and a privileged obligation to the next generation. Many decades later, Lee Sr. and Carolyn’s four children are stilled happily involved in the farming and winery businesses on a daily basis.
96 RP - This wine displays a murky plum/purple color. The nose offers a smorgasbord of aromas including cherry blackberry and strawberry liqueur intermingled with smoky toasty oak roasted Provencal herbs Asian spice and chocolatey meaty overtones. Exceptionally full-bodied with gobs of glycerin remarkable purity and profound balance for such a large Zinfandel this is a true work of art. RP