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You can’t get much more ‘Old School’ than Martinelli; the family has been growing grapes and making wine from back-breakingly steep slopes in the Sonoma Valley for 130+ years.They bought their first tractor post-1950. Their tasting room is comprised of two old hop barns, mashed together sometime in the 1970s. They are famous for their single vineyard Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel, and they have a LOT of grapes to pick from. The Martinelli family sells around 90% of the grapes they grow in bulk. The rest-the cream of the cream of the crop-makes wines like this one.

The grapes for Bella Vigna are grown on the edge of the wild Sonoma Coast, buffeted by wind and weather. Their skins thicken in response to this treatment, and the wine they produce is similarly robust. Barrel fermented, with native yeasts, then aged in French barrique for 10 months…. this is a wine with personalty. Period.

Not fined, not filtered. Nothing added, nothing subtracted. The result: gorgeous! Lemon curd, toasted hazelnut, green apple, apricot, honeycomb, and cream. Lush. Plush. Complex, but with a tangy, mineral-rich finish.

And for today at least, even the price is ‘Old School’.

Online special available for in-store pickup after 12 PM. Available until Sunday, Dec 15 or until product runs out.

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