Martinelli 2013 Zinfandel, Vellutini Ranch

Posted by Keith Wallace

Martinelli 2013 Zinfandel, Vellutini Ranch
Martinelli 2013 Zinfandel, Vellutini Ranch

Can you believe it?  Let’s all welcome the cloned children of Jackass Vineyard.

Allow me to explain, Jackass is a vineyard that was planted in the late 19th century in the Russian River Valley. Head pruned Zinfandel, non-trellised and dry-farmed, this is one of the great historic vineyards in California.

Vellutini Ranch was planted in 2001 with zinfandel budwood (clones) from Jackass Vineyard. It’s located on a similar hillside nearby, with similar Franciscan soils. Over the past decade, Martinelli has shown that the wines from this vineyard are of the same high quality as the original.

Deep, lush, and velvety. It is full-bodied to the extreme, with its alcohol content pushing toward 17%. Flavors are reminiscent of Hermitage, with the iron,  game, and burning herbs in the mix.

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