97pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2019 Zinfandel Giuseppe & Luisa bursts with singular aromas of dried lavender and citrus peel, smoky, mineral-like undertones and loads of exotic spices over a core of wild berry preserves and peaches. It's incredible in the mouth, its full flavors delivered in a silky, ultra fresh and lifted frame, and it finishes with loads of floral nuance. Wow!
The 2019 Zinfandel Giuseppe & Luisa shows all of the intensity of the Martinelli wines, but with an extra kick of floral overtones and acid brightness to perk things up. Cinnamon, crushed red berry, wild flowers, mint and blood orange all run through this expressive, silky Zinfandel. The blend of Jackass Hill and Jackass Vineyard Zinfandel clones on four different rootstocks, which results in different ripening cycles and harvest times, all of which translates into notable complexity in the finished wine. Drinking window: 2024 - 2039.
All of our Zinfandel vineyards originate from our heritage Zinfandel vineyards that belonged to Giuseppe & Luisa Martinelli in the 1880s. Our oldest Zinfandel vines are over 140 years old. These vineyards, inherited from our ancestors, are still producing grapes today. We have taken cuttings from these old, old Zinfandel vines to create several of our newer Zinfandel vineyards, because we know the tremendous flavor and mouth feel our heritage vines produce. Its like no other.