Wine Review – 2005 Martinelli Bella Vigna Pinot Noir, Russian River, California

Winery: Martinelli WineryIMG_9610

Bottling: 2005 Bella Vigna Pinot Noir

Region: California

Sub-Region: Russian River Valley

Estimated Retail Price: $45

Purchase Details: Purchased for approximately $45 at Tamura’s Fine Wine & Liquors on Oahu.

Tasting Notes: I think I’m beginning to get a sense of the style of Martinelli wines.  We drank the 2004 syrah a few months ago and if I remember right, there were some qualities in that wine that were similar to this pinot noir.

The 2005 Bella Vigna Pinot Noir had a sweet blueberry, anise tinged and kirsch flavor to it.  The wine was rich and concentrated, but not overbearing and heavy.  The flavor profile, mouth feel, weight and texture were very similar to the syrah.  The smooth tannins allowed this wine to be drunk with relative ease.

Actually, the more I write about the wine, the more I realize that many might look at these qualities as a negative when describing pinot noir, especially since I’m referencing it to a syrah.  I thoroughly enjoyed this wine though and had no problem with its full-bodied nature.  I’m a fan of varying styles of a particular grape variety.

Food Pairing and Context in Which to Enjoy: Normally with pinot noir, I would go with a fish, chicken or pork pairing, but this particular wine should be able to stand up against red meats whether they are braised, stewed or grilled.  Even game meats shouldn’t pose much of a problem with this wine.

Winery & Other Background Information: Martinelli specializes in pinot noir, chardonnay, zinfandel and syrah.  They make well over twenty wines in any given vintage with grapes for their single vineyard bottlings coming from various vineyards in Sonoma County and the Russian River Valley.  The Bella Vigna Pinot Noir represents a blend of several vineyards in the Russian River Valley.

If you’re familiar with this winery, then you probably already know that Helen Turley is invloved as a consultant winemaker.  She along with winemaker Brian Kvamme craft a really great lineup of quality wines year in, year out.  Seek them out if you’re an enthusiast.


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