2016 Martinelli 'Vigneto di Evo' Zinfandel Russian River Valley


This wine is a barrel blend from select Martinelli single vineyard Zinfandel sites. It is named for Evo Martinelli, who was raised on Martinelli Road. He was Lee Sr.'s first cousin, the son of Fred Martinelli. Evo gave Lee Sr. one of his first jobs out of the vineyard and instilled the importance of going to college in him as a young man. This zinfandel has earthy tones, blue fruit, cocoa dust and a velvet mouthfeel that will keep you wanting more. A perfect BBQ wine!

Our tastings with the utterly vivacious Regina Martinelli, sales director for her family's 130-year-old winery, are always showstoppers. Every one of this winery's Chardonnays, Pinots Noirs, Syrahs, and Zinfandels is outstanding. If we know anything about what we're doing, the wines are going to turn you on. They have it all: brilliantly expressive fruit, concentration, and complexity. It's not often that a winery comes by and reminds us why we love wine so much. Put together a mixed case and experience the thrill for yourself. Most of these wines are sold only through the winery and are very hard to find.

Courtney Wagoner
Russian River Valley
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Zinfandel
SKU #:
750 ml Bottle

Wine Enthusiast

This robust, generous and ripe red offers a mix of candied plum, blackberry and black olive, with a lavender tone to brighten the concentrated fruit. A sweet oak note complements the richness of the palate