US-MTN-41-19

Pinot Noir 'Bondi Home Ranch', Martinelli

Pinot Noir 'Bondi Home Ranch', Martinelli

The Bondi Home Ranch sits at the southernmost tip of the Russian River Valley in the Green Valley AVA in Sebastopol. The Bondi vineyard is planted with eastern exposure, which promotes even ripening with all day sun. The cool breeze from the sea rises in the late afternoon, skimming along the distant bank of fog, relieving the vines from the afternoon heat and enhancing slower ripening. The clones are 115, 777, 667, 828, 943 and Calera.

The grapes are picked between 25 and 26 degrees brix to ensure mature ripe fruit flavors. After picking, the whole berries undergo a long cool fermentation with wild yeast to generate skin contact and expose fruit character. The juice is transferred into oak barrels with a touch of residual sugar remaining to complete the fermentation process in barrel until dry. It rests in 80% new French oak on its gross lees for one year. Being a particular and moody varietal to tamper with, the grapes, juice, and then wine are minimally handled. The finished wine is un-fined, unfiltered, neither cold nor heat stabilized, clarified only by racking before bottling.

Case Production: 845

Producer:
Vintage:
2019
Country:
United States
Region:
California
Appellation:
Russian River Valley
Variety:
Pinot Noir
Color:
Red

Press & Reviews

Wine Advocate

Score:
95
Date:
2021-02-04

Vinous Media

Score:
94
Date:
2021-01-01
Review:
The 2019 Pinot Noir Bondi Home Ranch is bold and lush in its first impression. Succulent red cherry, spice, dried cherry, tobacco and cedar make a strong opening statement. This racy, luscious Pinot has a ton to offer. It is also one of the most forward, ripe wines in the range. The long growing season in this Green Valley site yielded a Pinot endowed with tons of creaminess. The Bondi Ranch is one of the few Martinelli Pinots to incorporate the Calera clone with the Dijon clones that are much more typical in the family's ranches.