The Martinelli Family has been growing grapes and making wine in the Russian River Valley since the late 1880s. As 5th generation stewards of some of the finest vineyards in the region, they continue their family legacy of hands-on farming, bringing decades of experience to everything they do.
The Martinelli’s own 19 vineyards, with a total of 450 planted acres, throughout Sonoma County. They’re known especially for their Zinfandels, especially from the ultra-steep, nearly 130-year-old Jackass Hill Vineyard, aptly named because ‘only a jackass’ would dare to farm it, as use of machinery was too dangerous and impractical.
Farmers at heart, the vines are tended by Lee Martinelli, Sr., and sons Lee, Jr. and George Martinelli. These estate wines are limited in production and each vineyard is hand farmed very carefully, producing only the finest quality fruit
The 2019 Martinelli ‘Giuseppe & Luisa’, Zinfandel is planted with cuttings from Jackass Hill Vineyard. Named after Guiseppe & Luisa Martinelli who started the winery when they immigrated from Tuscany in the 1880’s. This is the original label that was used when the winery was started.
97 pts Wine Advocate: ”Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2019 Zinfandel Giuseppe & Luisa bursts with singular aromas of dried lavender and citrus peel, smoky, mineral-like undertones and loads of exotic spices over a core of wild berry preserves and peaches. It’s incredible in the mouth, its full flavors delivered in a silky, ultra fresh and lifted frame, and it finishes with loads of floral nuance. Wow! 1,653 cases produced.”
95 points Vinous:” The 2019 Zinfandel Giuseppe & Luisa shows all of the intensity of the Martinelli wines, but with an extra kick of floral overtones and acid brightness to perk things up. Cinnamon, crushed red berry, wild flowers, mint and blood orange all run through this expressive, silky Zinfandel. The blend of Jackass Hill and Jackass Vineyard Zinfandel clones on four different rootstocks, which results in different ripening cycles and harvest times, all of which translates into notable complexity in the finished wine.”