(1999 Vintage) Reticent, leesy nose combines honey, orange zest, lemon custard and smoky oak. At once more backward and more sophisticated than Martinelli other '99 chardonnays; quite dry but chewy with extract, and...
International Wine CellarRating: 92/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 126, May/June 2006. ($40) Exotic leesy notes on the nose. Round, seamless and impressively deep, yet still quite young. The wine's distinctly mineral character lingers impressively on the long aftertaste. This cool site, at the foot of Jackass Hill, is one of the Martinellis' last vineyards to be harvested. An excellent showing. Drink over the next five years.