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2016 Martinelli Bondi Home Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

96Vinous / IWC

...floral/savory overtones. Rose petal, lavender, mint, game, smoke, earthiness and tobacco are all beautifully delineated throughout. A closing burst of acid perks up the finish in a complex, multi-dimensional Pinot endowed with tons of character.

93+ The Wine Advocate

...nose of dried mulberries, crushed black raspberries and blueberry compote with hints of underbrush, lavender, rose hip tea and Chinese five spice. Full-bodied, super rich and super spicy in the mouth, it features a velvety texture and lively sparks of freshness to beautifully support the generous fruit, finishing long and fragrant.

90Wine Spectator

...intense and brimming with complex flavors...offers an alluring measure of delicacy and finesse that escapes the tannic finish...

REGION

United States, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley

Russian River Valley AVA is named for the river that meanders from Mendocino County in the north until it finally runs into the Pacific Ocean north of San Francisco. The AVA is cool thanks to its proximity to the northern California coast and the river, and grape growers must learn to deal with regular fog. Nevertheless in recent decades the AVA has become one of the best in the state, meaning that its wines often earn excellent reviews and have considerable cachet. The AVA status was awarded in 1983 and today the appellation has 15,000 vineyard acres. Chardonnay is the most widely planted grape though Pinot Noir has also been very successful in recent decades. Russian River Valley Pinot Noir are known for being rich, lush and filled with concentrated fruit and berry flavors. Russian River Pinot Noirs are today considered some of the best domestic Pinot Noirs.

TYPE

Red Wine, Pinot Noir

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.