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2008 Martinelli - Chardonnay Zio Tony Ranch Chardonnay - USA - California - Sonoma - Russian River Valley - White

USA - California - Sonoma - Russian River Valley

White Chardonnay
Producer Notes

Martinelli Winery is steeped in tradition - the founders were Giuseppe Martinelli and Luisa Vellutini, originally from a village in Tuscany, who eloped as teenagers and landed in Sonoma in 1887. Though resources were scarce, Giuseppe, armed with extensive viticultural knowledge, earned and borrowed enough to purchase a bit of land - the current 60-degree slope which is now known as Jackass Hill... More »

Score
93
WS 94
IWC 92
WA 95
Drink Dates
WA: 2011-2019 WS: 2011-2017
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IWC 92
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 156

Light yellow-gold. Fresh, mineral-tinged tangerine, quince and sweet butter on the nose, with a gentle floral quality building with air. Green apple, citrus fruit and toasted brioche flavors are deepened by iodine and lees, and perked up by excellent back-end lift and cut. Nothing heavy or loose-knit here but this chardonnay packs a serious punch.

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WA 95
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 193
Drink Dates 2011-2019

The light green/gold-colored 2008 Chardonnay Zio Tony Ranch reveals more butterscotch, honeyed mandarin orange, citrus oil, brioche, leesy, waxy notes along with full-bodied richness and a California style that mimics a premier cru Meursault with its hazelnut and subtle smokiness. Drink this stunning Chardonnay over the next 7-8 years.

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WS 94
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2011-2017

Bold, ripe and fleshy, offering exotic floral and spicy notes, along with flavors of bubble gum, fig, honeydew melon and hazelnut. Full-bodied and viscous, gaining depth and nuance on the long, tapered finish.

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Tasted On 12/16/2013
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