Louis M. Martini

Monte Rosso Vineyard Gnarly Vine Zinfandel

9.282 ratings
9.318 pro ratings
Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Zinfandel
Lamb, Chicken, Turkey, White Rice, Pasta, Potato, Herbs, Mushrooms, Soft Cheese, Chili & Hot Spicy, Tomato-Based, Duck, Exotic Spices, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Pork, Baking Spices, Pungent Cheese, Beef, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Eric Urbani

125 year old vines, very subtle for a Zin

125 year old vines, very subtle for a Zin

Aug 26th, 2018
Joseph LaPanna

Only black from edge to edge. Intense aromas of black fruit plum compote, black pepper and vanilla. The ripeness of the fruit brings natural acidy to the party of black and blue fruit. The finish hangs on for an eternity with dried herbs, dusty gravel and molasses. If Darth Viader drinks wine, this would be his favorite!

Only black from edge to edge. Intense aromas of black fruit plum compote, black pepper and vanilla. The ripeness of the fruit brings natural acidy to the party of black and blue fruit. The finish hangs on for an eternity with dried herbs, dusty gravel and molasses. If Darth Viader drinks wine, this would be his favorite!

Jul 4th, 2018
Brad Hemmer

Nice vintage from Monte Rosso! Blackberry, pepper, clove, hint of minerality. Good balance and texture.

Nice vintage from Monte Rosso! Blackberry, pepper, clove, hint of minerality. Good balance and texture.

Dec 18th, 2017
Claire Gabaldon

Wine Club and Social Media Manager Spring Mountain Vineyard

8.6

2005 vintage was still good but perhaps past its prime. It had raisin and prune dried fruit character, big alcohol (label said 15%) and earth and dark spice notes.

2005 vintage was still good but perhaps past its prime. It had raisin and prune dried fruit character, big alcohol (label said 15%) and earth and dark spice notes.

1 person found it helpfulSep 11th, 2015
Joe Palombo

I believe we caught this '04 at the tail end of its lifeline. The nose was aggressive with alcohol upon opening but settled throughout the next few hours. It did not turn but I could note the flavors were almost prune-like. There were moments where I caught the characteristics of the concentrated Zinfandel vines but they were few and far between. I wish we opened this a few years ago.

I believe we caught this '04 at the tail end of its lifeline. The nose was aggressive with alcohol upon opening but settled throughout the next few hours. It did not turn but I could note the flavors were almost prune-like. There were moments where I caught the characteristics of the concentrated Zinfandel vines but they were few and far between. I wish we opened this a few years ago.

1 person found it helpfulJul 16th, 2014
Eric Crane

Sommelier & Educator Empire Wine Distributors

8.5

Eric had this 6 years ago

Eric had this 6 years ago

1 person found it helpfulJul 1st, 2014
Kevin O'Connor

I absolutely love this vineyard but I am not too sure this wine is my favorite. The wife loved this wine as I expected, this is a bit too high octane for me, although it is high alcohol it is not sweet. It is definitely balanced. I can appreciate it for what it is. I still believe Bedrock makes the best monte rosso zin!

I absolutely love this vineyard but I am not too sure this wine is my favorite. The wife loved this wine as I expected, this is a bit too high octane for me, although it is high alcohol it is not sweet. It is definitely balanced. I can appreciate it for what it is. I still believe Bedrock makes the best monte rosso zin!

1 person found it helpfulJun 28th, 2014
Garry Brydges

Spectacular!

Spectacular!

1 person found it helpfulMay 12th, 2014
Brad Hemmer

Monte Rosso fruit is so damn good!!! Gorgeous color. Blackberry, blueberry, black cherry, baking spice, toasted oak.

Monte Rosso fruit is so damn good!!! Gorgeous color. Blackberry, blueberry, black cherry, baking spice, toasted oak.

1 person found it helpfulApr 12th, 2014
J S
9.5

J had this 7 years ago

J had this 7 years ago

1 person found it helpfulJun 9th, 2013