2015 martinelli, pinot noir bondi home ranch water trough, russian river valley
Why We're Buying
Martinelli Winery's flagship wine is zinfandel, but it makes one heck of a pinot noir. The red wine, which comes from the Bondi Home Ranch – Water Trough Vineyard, is one of the portfolio's coolest sites. The terroir contributes to a nuanced complexion and outstanding expressiveness. Enjoy an aging window of 15 to 20 years.
The 2015 Pinot Noir Bondi Home Ranch, from Marinelli's coolest Pinot site, is another stunner. Silky, nuanced and wonderfully expressive on the palate, the 2015 possesses remarkable intensity but in a decidedly mid-weight style by Martinelli standards. Dense and compact in its center, the 2015 needs at least a few years to open up. Even today, though, it is dazzling. Early to bloom and late to ripen, Bondi Home Ranch enjoys an especially long growing season. (AG)
Bold and assertive, with a rich, potent mix of dark fruit giving this a distinctive personality, veering into black licorice and anise notes. The savory, long and persistent aftertaste keeps the flavors reverberating. (JL)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium to deep ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Bondi Home Ranch offers fragrant notes of roses and lavender over black cherries, black berries and tree bark. Full-bodied with great richness and a wonderful velvety texture, it has layers of perfumed black berry and earthy flavors that linger with epic persistence.