Sunday, February 14, 2016

Martinelli Russian River Pinot Noir, 2001

Are California Pinots ageworthy? This one certainly is. Beautiful deep ruby color. All the smells and flavors I expect from a Russian River Pinot Noir--sweet cherry, tart cranberry, spice. Bright fruit and lovely texture. Coats the tongue with pleasure from front to back. 14.5% alcohol but wine seems perfectly balanced.

As you may know Martinelli wines hardly qualify as budget offerings. I bought this bottle at auction for $15, probably because other bidders did not trust a 15-year-old California Pinot.

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