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Martinelli 2015 Moonshine Ranch Pinot Noir, Russian River



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★ 96 Points Rober Parker                          

96 Points Antonio Galloni (Vinous):  "A dazzling, heady wine, the 2015 Pinot Noir Moonshine Ranch is rich, creamy and voluptuous from start to finish. Silky tannins add to the wine supple feel and immediacy. A core of bright red cherry, plum, rose petal, spice and French oak is pushed forward, while more subtle, savory and earthy notes linger beneath. The Moonshine Ranch is a super expressive, impeccably balanced Russian River Pinot from the Martinelli family."

One of the great families of Northern California, and of course, one of the highest quality producers, the Martinellis – and rather remarkably so – only estate-bottle 15% of their production from over 300 acres of beautifully situated vineyards in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast. No doubt Helen Turley, who worked at Martinelli and mentored its winemaking team, left a profound influence on the quality of the Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Syrahs and Zinfandels, a fact that can’t be overstated. The Chardonnays all go through full malolactic fermentation and tend to see about 50% new oak. The Pinot Noirs are always 100% destemmed and largely spend no longer than ten months in about 60% new French oak...As good as 2013 is for Pinot Noir in Sonoma, 2014 actually eclipses it."

Type: Pinot Noir

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