Martinelli Pinot Noir Bondi Home Ranch 2017, Water Trough Vineyard, Green Valley, Russian River Valley

Surrounding his grandparent’s old farmhouse, Lee Martinelli planted the Bondi vineyard in 4 separate blocks, establishing three different Dijon clones onto a de-vigorating rootstock. Densely planted at 2,000 vines per acre, the fruit hangs 28 inches above ground on a vertical trellis system. Eastern exposure compliments the vines growth and even ripening with all day sun. After picking, the whole berries undergo a long cool fermentation to generate skin contact and expose fruit character and are fermented with wild yeast. The juice is gravity fed into small oak barrels with a touch of residual sugar remaining to complete the fermentation process in barrel until dry. It rests in 75% 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. This wine is neither heat nor cold stabilized and is unfined and unfiltered. “The 2014 Bondi Home Ranch Pinot Noir has an earthy nose with mint, leather, black mushrooms and blue fruits. Lush notes of raspberry and pomegranate fill your palate, and the finish is long and velvety.” – From the Winery