Martinelli Road Chardonnay 2017
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley|
The Martinelli Road Chardonnay Vineyard is one of the coolest vineyard sites in the Russian River Valley and is one of the last vineyards to be picked. Lee Martinelli Sr. planted this vineyard in 1989 using clone 95. The vineyard is located directly below the steep Jackass Hill zinfandel vineyard on the original Martinelli family homestead ranch.
The 2017 Chardonnay Martinelli Road is one of the brighter wines in this range. Orchard fruit, white flowers, mint and white pepper give the Martinelli Road striking aromatic freshness and lift. This is the coolest of Chardonnay sites in the Martinelli portfolio. I especially like the weightless energy here.
The 2017 Chardonnay Martinelli Road is shy on the nose. With coaxing, it gives glimpses of floral perfume and white apricots accented by hay, saline, almonds and honey aromas. The palate is medium-bodied, super silky and concentrated with its savory character tempered by tangy acidity and gentle yeasty touches, finishing long and nuanced.