2019 Martinelli Russian River Valley ‘Vigneto di Evo’ Zinfandel
This barrel-blend from Martinelli includes fruit from the iconic 135-year-old Jackass Hill vineyard as well as Vellutini, Lolita, and Giuseppe & Luisa. 2019 was a great vintage with a long growing season which adds power and depth of flavor.
Certified sustainable farming practices, native yeast fermentation, unfined and unfiltered, & vegan-friendly!
- Tasting Notes raspberry, strawberry, black cherry jam, dusty herbs, sweet leather
- Variety Zinfandel
- Region United States, California, Sonoma
- Volume 750ml
- Alcohol Volume 16.3%
- Table Talk Giuseppe and Luisa Martinelli planted a small area of Zinfandel vines in the 1880s, which later became known as the Jackass Hill vineyard. Over 135 years later, it remains the steepest, non-terraced vineyard in Sonoma County.
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The Martinelli family has been growing grapes in the Russian River Valley since the 1880’s. At the ages of 19 and 16, Giuseppe Martinelli and Luisa Vellutini eloped and left their small village in the Tuscany to start a new life in California. Giuseppe had been a winemaker in Italy and with his viticulture knowledge he was hired to plant a vineyard for a farmer in Forestville. Within two years he was able to purchase his own land with the help of a local wood cutter and his savings. Working side by side on a 60 degree slope, Giuseppe and Luisa planted a small area of Zinfandel and Muscat Alexandria vines, which later became known as the Jackass Hill vineyard. Over 100 years later, this south easterly exposure remains the steepest non-terraced vineyard in Sonoma County.
The Martinelli Family has been farming their estate vineyards for over 135 years, continuing their rich history and making them 6th generation wine growers and farmers. The Martinelli children have always been raised working in the fields from a young age. Leno Martinelli was making wine at 5 years old, and farming his own vineyards by the age of 12. Leno taught his son, Lee Sr., to make wine alongside him as a toddler and this tradition has continued with Lee Sr. and his children. The Martinelli’s have a strong work ethic and they consider themselves stewards of the land, a privilege they hand down to the next generation.