1997 Martinelli Jackass Vineyard Zinfandel Magnum - RARE - 1500ml

1997 Martinelli Jackass Vineyard Zinfandel Magnum - RARE - 1500ml

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1997 Martinelli Jackass Vineyard Zinfandel Magnum - 95 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.

Product Details

Varietal Zinfandel
Vintage 1997
Rating 95 RP
Bottle Size 1500 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Martinelli
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating 95 RP - The 1997 Zinfandel Jackass Vineyard may be the finest offering produced under this designation. It tips the scales at over 16% alcohol, but the alcohol is remarkably concealed by the wine's extraordinary wealth of fruit, extract, and layered richness. The dark ruby/purple/garnet color was no doubt intensified by the 3-5 day cold soak the Martinellis and winemaker Helen Turley give this wine. The nose offers up a plethora of celestial aromas, including plum liqueur, kirsch, spice box, coffee, prunes, and jammy cherries. As the wine sits in the glass, spicy oak, pepper, allspice and clove scents emerge. Full-bodied, rich, and mouth-filling, this velvety-textured, voluptuous, hedonistic Zinfandel can be drunk now as well as over the next decade. Along with several Zinfandels from Turley Cellars, this wine represents California's most profound expression of this varietal. Quantities are limited, but this wine demonstrates what can be achieved when terrific wine-making is combined with old vines, low yields, and very ripe fruit. Readers will be happy to know that in 1998, the Martinellis will have another spectacular Zinfandel to offer from a tightly-spaced vineyard that was planted with budwood from the Jackass Hill Vineyard. It will be called the Luisa and Giuseppe Vineyard Zinfandel. RP

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Winery Details

Varietal Zinfandel
Vintage 1997
Rating 95 RP
Bottle Size 1500 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Martinelli
Color Red
Wine Type Table

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