2015 Martinelli "Grace Nicole - Zio Tony Ranch" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir SKU #1294219


VN 96
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K&L Notes

Zio Tony Ranch is planted with clones 777, 115, 828, Calera, and Quail Hill. The 2015 vintage was marked by an early growing season and a reduced crop which finished with very good quality. The wine was aged in 70% new French oak for 10 months before bottling. From the winery: "The 2015 Zio Tony Ranch Pinot Noir has dense aromas of tobacco and black fruit, cherry and plum. The palate offers well-balanced cherry and red apple with mouth-coating density."

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  • Jordan Stone
    By: Jordan Stone
    K&L Staff Member
    This Pinot is not to be missed. This is an age-worthy champ. It has a full, rich mouthfeel that still shows as refined and lifted. Dark cherry and blueberry flavors, leather, spice and a beautiful floral element.
  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    K&L Staff Member
    Zio Tony Ranch, originally an apple orchard, is home to Chardonnay, Syrah and Pinot Noir vines that thrive with the vineyard's warm/cool temperatures. This 2015 Pinot from Martinelli is a dense wine with vibrant fruit and good balance. Fruit flavors include red cherry, blueberries and plum with tobacco and baking spice notes as well. This is a wine that's well worth the price and could age for quite some time.
  • Mari Keilman
    By: Mari Keilman
    K&L Staff Member
    I love the contrast between the Bondi Home Ranch Pinot to the Zio Tony Ranch Pinot. While the Bondi is more savory and lifted, the Zio Tony is dense and brooding. Aromatic blue fruit and violets jump out of the glass accompanied by fresh molasses and blackberry notes. The real difference between the two single vineyards is in the weight; the Zio Tony is rich, concentrated and full bodied (for a pinot noir). I always try to steer away from the classic rib-eye steak and cali cab pairing and this pinot noir is the ideal replacement to pair with any steak dinner!


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