2021 Zinfandel Martinelli Road
Lush aromas of black currants, black cherry, and raspberry tea add to the allure of this wine. Vibrant on entry, the palate does not disappoint with expressive flavors of raspberry and black plum. Hints of white peach are found in the lush finish.
This wine is made from select barrels of our Single Vineyard Zinfandels and is comprised of a combination of Jackass Hill clone and Jackass Vineyard clone. We have created this wine to showcase the characteristics of these century-old Zinfandel vines, and how they thrive in the Russian River Valley. Our vineyards are 100% sustainably farmed by Lee Martinelli Sr., and his two sons.
2021 was the driest known year on record and was also the third year of drought conditions for Sonoma County. Contrary to these conditions, the summer was relatively cool and started two weeks later than the previous year. The drought conditions did bring ripeness to each of our varietals at just about the same time. By the end of the first week, we had 40% of total tonnage in the winery. This included Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel from both Fort Ross-Seaview and Russian River Valley. Despite being a very compact harvest, small clusters and berry size have yielded exceptional quality which makes 2021 a standout vintage.