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Martinelli Lolita Ranch Chardonnay

Martinelli Lolita Ranch Chardonnay 2008
ITEM# 02469
On Sale $63.99
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20% discount on 12 bottles for $767.88
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The Lolita Ranch is located on Martinelli Road in Forestville. Giuseppe & Luisa had purchased the steep, forested landscape in the late 1800ís and then later sold this particular section to a neighbor. On this site, circa 1900, there once stood a small country schoolhouse where some of the Martinelli family attended at the turn of the century. Eventually the ranch was passed on to Bob and Lolita Young, who ran a herd of Angus and Hereford cattle on the land for many years. Third generation farmer, Lee Martinelli Jr., and his wife Pamela acquired the property in 1999, returning it back to the Martinelli estate and to the familyís continuing century-long legacy of viticulture. Lee Jr. planted the steep hillside with four different grape varietals: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Zinfandel. The Syrah is planted with clone 877. The vines are trained on a vertical trellis system and are tightly spaced at 2,000 plants per acre. The small vineyard is lined by a thick border of huge pepperwood trees, redwoods, tan oak, black oak and the smooth red-barked manzanita. Since planting the grapes, cattle no longer grace the landscape on this wooded property, but a hoard of wildlife does, which accounts for scores of wild turkeys, foxes (el zorro in Spanish), deer, and many species of birds, especially herons and mergansers that live along the winding creek below.
Tasting notes
Bright gold. Powerful, musky aromas of poached pear, orange, porcini and smoky lees, with a note of iodine building with air. At once rich and lively, offering succulent orchard fruit flavors and a bitter note of orange pith. Picks up a licorice quality with air that carries through the long, sappy, gently smoky finish.

 Steve Tanzer 91 points
One of the biggest whites in terms of alcoholic potency (14.5%) is the 2008 Chardonnay Lolita Ranch. Aromas of caramelized oranges, white peaches and honeysuckle jump from the glass of this light greenish/gold-colored effort. More glycerin and unctuosity make this slightly more controversial given its thickness and richness. Nevertheless, there is zesty acidity and loads of weight and concentration. This is a classic California Chardonnay filled with character as well as personality. It should drink nicely for 5-7 years.

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