This barrel-blend from Martinelli single-vineyard Zinfandel sites includes fruit from the iconic 135-year-old Jackass Hill as well as Vellutini, Lolita, and Giuseppe & Luisa. 2018 was a great vintage for these vineyards, with a nice, long growing season bringing loads of flavor and aromas of wild strawberry, sweet leather and star anise. Sweet and juicy blackberry and baking spice linger on the lengthy finish.
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.