Tuesday, April 24, 2012

2004 Martinelli chardonnay, Three Sisters Vineyard, "Sea Ridge Meadow"

I purchased this wine in April 2007 for $56.  Both Parker and Tanzer gave it a 94 score.  I pulled the cork two nights ago and was amazed at the youthful freshness of this 7+ year old wine.  Beautiful yellow color without a trace of oxidation.  The aroma was astonishingly complex and made you think the wine had been bottled a year ago.  This wine of course is a "true" Sonoma Coast wine: the vineyard is only two ridge lines from the Pacific Ocean, as contrasted with the silly Sonoma Coast AVA which is so huge as to be meaningless.  Martinelli calls it "Three Sisters" because the three Martinelli sisters decide when the grapes will be harvested.  Good job there ladies!  I am finding with increased frequency that chardonnay from this region is almost as fine as the legendary pinot noirs and Martinelli does an exemplary job with both.  Another "island in the fog" chardonnay from this producer is their Charles Ranch bottling and it is a winner also.