Wine Advocate 94 points - More gravel/mineral, pear, honeysuckle, and white currant notes emerge from the full-bodied, rich, complex, Corton-Charlemagne-like 2007 Chardonnay Martinelli Road. A beautiful wine with super-purity, elegance, and depth, it should provide plenty of pleasure over the next 5-7 years. ”
The Martinelli Road Chardonnay Vineyard is one of the coolest vineyard sites in the Russian River Valley. The vineyard is located directly below the steep Jackass Zinfandel Vineyard on the original Martinelli family homestead ranch. The Martinelli family has lived in this same area in Forestville since 1895, hence the name of the road. Generations ago, families and friends would gather on this very ground for weekend long picnics and festivities, with Bing Martinelli playing his violin as people danced and drank vino. Third generation farmer, Lee Martinelli Sr., planted the Martinelli Road Chardonnay, which is a selection of Dijon clones, in 1995, continuing the proud family legacy of agriculture. The Chardonnay grapes are picked between 24 and 26 degrees brix to ensure mature ripe fruit flavors. The fruit is hand selected at harvest time by Lee Martinelli Sr., who tastes them and chooses when to pick according to the developed concentration of flavors in the berries. The wine is 100% barrel fermented with wild yeast, resting in 85% new French oak for 10 months before bottling. This vino is unfined, unfiltered, neither cold nor heat stabilized and contains naturally occurring sediment. We recommend decanting or allowing the bottle to sit upright in a cool place prior to serving.