Chardonnay 'Lolita Ranch', Martinelli
This property was originally owned by Giuseppe but was sold off by his eldest son after Giuseppe’s death, to Lolita’s mother. Lee Jr (Lee Sr’s eldest son), was fortunate to be able to buy it back from Bob & Lolita Young who had raised cattle on the property. Lee Jr put in vineyards, some of which have 50 degree slopes. Lolita and Bob were good friends of Leno & Alma Martinelli (Lee Sr’s parents). When Lee Sr was just a little boy, he had long blonde curls that his mother, Alma could not bear to cut. Her friends knew it was time b/c Lee was going to start school and he would be teased mercilessly if he still had his golden locks. So these women visited Alma one day and as they were visiting with her in Alma’s living room, Lolita snuck Lee into the kitchen, tied a blue ribbon around each curl, cut them off and placed them into a box….then gave them to Alma. Lee Sr to this day is very thankful to Lolita for giving him his first haircut. We still have those locks in their box.
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