Helen Turley has had an amazing career, and she does not seem to stop producing stellar wines! These are some of the last vintages she has made with Martinelli, as she is now focusing on her own label, so enjoy them while you can! The 2008 Martinelli Zio Tony scored 96 Points in Parker and 94 in Wine Spectator, not shabby!
The Zio Tony Ranch is named for Lee Martinelli Sr.’s Uncle Tony. The property was planted to apples before Tony Bondi purchased it in 1960.
Lee Sr. took over farming the apples in 1971, following Uncle Tony’s death, eventually planting grapevines with the consulting input of John Wetlaufer and Helen Turley.
We have a limited quantity of this voluptuous Chardonnay available, just in time for enjoying during these warm summer days or putting down in your cellar.
Martinelli 2008 Chardonnay Zio Tony Ranch, Russian River Valley
Retail 65.00 – GGWC 52.99
Robert Parker 96 Points: “The light green/gold-colored 2008 Chardonnay Zio Tony Ranch reveals more butterscotch, honeyed mandarin orange, citrus oil, brioche, leesy, waxy notes along with full-bodied richness and a California style that mimics a premier cru Meursault with its hazelnut and subtle smokiness. Drink this stunning Chardonnay over the next 7-8 years. ”
Wine Spectator 94 Points: “Bold, ripe and fleshy, with exotic floral and spicy notes, along with flavors of bubble gum, fig, honeydew melon and hazelnut. Full-bodied and viscous, gaining depth and nuance on the long, tapered finish. Drink now through 2017. 545 cases made. –JL”
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