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Martinelli

3360 River Road

Windsor, CA 95492

(707) 525-0570

martinelliwinery.com

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Winemaker: Courtney Wagoner

Consulting Winemaker: Erin Green

Forum Contact: Regina Martinelli

 

The Martinelli family has been growing grapes and making wine in Sonoma County since the 1880s. The Martinelli family

produces small lots of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Zinfandel produced from estate grown grapes. These vineyards are

meticulously farmed by Lee Martinelli Sr., and his two sons, Lee, Jr. and George, continuing five generations of the proud family

legacy of care-taking the land.

 

Helen Turley helped shape the Martinelli vineyards and winemaking style during her tenure as consulting winemaker from

1992 to 2010. The Martinelli‘s worked with Helen from beginning to end; analyzing soil samples, choosing rootstocks, varietals

and clones that were best suited to a particular growing site, employing seasonal primping and pruning in the field, and

creating the final blends for the finished wine. Bryan Kvamme was hired in 1996 as assistant winemaker and eventually took

over the reins as winemaker for Martinelli in 2007.

 

The Martinelli vineyards are located in Russian River Valley, Green Valley of Russian River, and Sonoma Coast Appellations.

The terroir of each vineyard is what creates the “personality” of each wine and showcases the full range of diversity between

them. All of the vineyards are heavily thinned to yield between one to three tons of fruit per acre. At harvest time the grapes

are hand selected according to taste and are fermented with wild yeast in French oak barrels. The wines are minimally

handled with true handcrafted artistry; they are neither hot nor cold stabilized, and are unfined and unfiltered.