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Martinelli 'Moonshine' Pinot Noir 2014
Wine Advocate 93+
"The 2014 Pinot Noir Moonshine Ranch displays loads of structure, rich kirsch liqueur notes with some licorice and forest floor. The wine has fabulous fruit on the attack, medium to full body, and beautiful ripeness, purity and length. Drink it over the next 12-15 years."

Vinous Media 93
"Moonshine Ranch
A super-classic Russian River wine, the 2014 Pinot Noir Moonshine Ranch offers up a compelling mélange of sweet red cherry, plum, spice, mint and new leather. ... read more
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Size:750mL (wine)
Closure:Cork
Store Item ID:#26521
Item Description
Wine Advocate 93+
"The 2014 Pinot Noir Moonshine Ranch displays loads of structure, rich kirsch liqueur notes with some licorice and forest floor. The wine has fabulous fruit on the attack, medium to full body, and beautiful ripeness, purity and length. Drink it over the next 12-15 years."

Vinous Media 93
"Moonshine Ranch
A super-classic Russian River wine, the 2014 Pinot Noir Moonshine Ranch offers up a compelling mélange of sweet red cherry, plum, spice, mint and new leather. This is one of the more exuberant wines in the Martinelli range. As such, it will drink very well pretty much upon release. Moonshine is usually one of the first parcels the Martinellis harvest.
- Antonio Galloni"

Vineyard Character
This petite vineyard was planted in 1995 and 1996 at 2,500 vines per acre and is situated on rocky fertile ground with lots of exposed cobblestones. The rows are north/south oriented, which allows for indirect sunlight to have its effect on the even ripening clusters. Three Dijon clones were grafted onto rootstock to match climate behavior and the unique properties of each specific soil series. Moonshine Ranch is named for the century-old draughty barn on the property. The high raftered building stands as a relic for times of old, as its heyday was during the prohibition era, serving as a small factory for prune brandy.

Growing Year
The growing year in 2014 was the third dry year in a row and was full of unforeseen challenges provided by Mother Nature. You would think the ongoing drought, excessive heat from March thru June, and hail in early April would have brought down the quality of this vintage. Thankfully this was not the case! Even though the harvest was very early, the small berry size and healthy yields have produced very well balanced wines; they are not over-bearing in tannin or structure, and are a pleasure to drink.

Production Notes
Each vineyard block goes through meticulous sample testing and is picked at optimum brix levels to ensure mature, ripe fruit flavors. After being picked, the fruit undergoes a five-day cold soak to maximize the early extraction of flavor and color. This is followed by a wild yeast fermentation that promotes greater character and depth when the wine matures. Sugar and malolactic fermentations are completed in barrel, and the wine is sur lie aged in 70% new French oak for 10 months. The wine is neither heat nor cold stabilized, is un-fined and un-filtered, and is clarified only by racking before bottling.
About Martinelli Winery
The Martinelli family has been growing grapes in the Russian River Valley since 1887. At the ages of 19 and 16, Giuseppe Martinelli and Luisa Vellutini left their small village in the Tuscany region of Italy and made their way to California looking for land to farm and start a winery. Giuseppe had been a winemaker in Italy and with his viticultural knowledge he was hired to plant a vineyard for a farmer in Forestville. 100 years later, the historic Martinelli Estate vineyards are farmed by Lee Martinelli, Sr., and sons Lee, Jr. and George Martinelli. The wines are made by winemaker Bryan Kvamme. These handcrafted wines are unfined, unfiltered, neither cold nor heat stabilized and may contain naturally occurring sediment.
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