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2019 Martinelli Pinot Noir Zio Tony Ranch Russian River Valley
750 ml bottle of Martinelli Family Pinot Noir red wine from the Zio Tony Ranch in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County California

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2019 Martinelli Zio Tony Ranch Pinot Noir | Russian River Valley, Sonoma County California 750ml

The Zio Tony Ranch is named after Lee Sr.'s uncle Tony who was the first in the Bondi family to be born on American soil. Zio Tony, meaning 'uncle' in Italian and pronounced 'tseo', was a very charismatic man with a big booming voice whom loved a good time. When Zio Tony passed away in 1971 his nephew, Lee Martinelli, Sr., took over management of the estate. The love of his family's heritage land was too great for Lee to sell the property and in one short season he went from High School teacher to Apple Farmer. Eventually this apple orchard was converted to vineyards, as the market for apples grew unbearably soft. The vines are planted on rolling hills made up of Gold Ridge soil, with Clones consisting of 95, 76, and 548.
The 2019 season was overall very cool with record rainfall for Sonoma County in February. The vines however were not affected by this because they were still dormant at the time. Similar to the 2018 season, spring and summer were moderate in temperature and ripening developed gradually and under minimal stress. This year was in fact so similar to 2018 that we began harvest the same day, on September 10. Unfortunately another wildfire hit the region at the end of October, but luckily none of our vineyards were affected. The winery and many employees were evacuated, but we were able to keep an eye on the new vintage with a skeleton crew. The quality was not impacted and we are very excited at the concentration of flavors in this vintage.
Upon opening the vibrant aromas of rhubarb pie, cherry and black tea permeated the nose. In the mouth you will find layers of flavors including pomegranate, plum, and cinnamon. There is a hint of orange blossom and lively acidity in the lengthy finish. 734 cases produced. | Martinelli Family

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