DescriptionLike many of the 2008 Chardonnays, there is a lovely purity and fresh, youthful intensity to our Zio Tony Ranch – Russian River Valley Chardonnay. This vibrant style, highlighting the vineyard’s signature elements of succulent peach, mango, honeysuckle and butter crust, make this wine one of the early standouts of the vintage. A wine with energy and poise, Zio Tony’s naturally high acids dance with the sweet fruit elements and mouthcoating texture to create a complex and rewarding drinking experience.
BackgroundThis site, located on Frei Road in the heart of Russian River Valley, is owned by the Martinelli family and is farmed by George Martinelli, the youngest in a distinguished family of Sonoma County viticultural masters. Our two parcels are planted to Dijon Chardonnay clones, on well-drained, low-vigor, Goldridge sandy loam soils. These iron-rich, reddish soils consistently produce fruit with great structure and acidity.