2011 Martinelli Zinfandel Vellutini Ranch
Russian River, Sonoma, California
 
WB Rating: 91

 
Alcohol by volume: 16.1%
Price at time of purchase: $50.00 (from winery)
 
Type: Zinfandel
Principal varietal(s):

A tamer offering than the 2010, but still has the usual Martinelli oomph. Liqueur-like mouth feel, some definite heat in the nose. Wonderfully rich, complex flavors range from deep, dark berries to to kirsch to Cassis to Fig Newton bars. Earthy, spicy undertones with an attractive gamey edge. Just a huge amount of fun to drink, but it needs to be paired with something muscular like pizza or barbecue or tomato pasta. - HK 2015-05-24

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