Martinelli

Zio Tony Ranch Pinot Noir

9.087 ratings
8.913 pro ratings
Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Top Notes For
Sean Genn

Drinking beautifully. Big and ripe but displays all the elegance of the cool vintage.

Drinking beautifully. Big and ripe but displays all the elegance of the cool vintage.

Oct 27th, 2017
Shay A
9.4

The purest nose of puréed black cherry I have ever come across. Sharp cedar and smoke, rhubarb tart pie on the nose. A wine that is worthy by nose alone. Blackberry, charred strawberry, leafy greens, and a perfect dialed down brown sugar note. Finish of sweet berry medley pie.

The purest nose of puréed black cherry I have ever come across. Sharp cedar and smoke, rhubarb tart pie on the nose. A wine that is worthy by nose alone. Blackberry, charred strawberry, leafy greens, and a perfect dialed down brown sugar note. Finish of sweet berry medley pie.

1 person found it helpfulSep 15th, 2018
Ray Isle

Executive Wine Editor Food & Wine Magazine

8.5

Promising on nose but still a big sweet Pinot bomb on palate.

Promising on nose but still a big sweet Pinot bomb on palate.

1 person found it helpfulDec 21st, 2015
Donald Patz

Owner/Winemaker Patz & Hall

8.1

Carrying the load at 16.6% alcohol

Carrying the load at 16.6% alcohol

1 person found it helpfulMay 3rd, 2013
Bill Bender

Good god this is a mess. Heat piled on disjointed candied raspberry heat. Lacks fruit, harmony and a pulse. I hope UFC 205 performs better for me than this tonight....I feel like I've been punched in the mouth already. Ouch. 🤕

Good god this is a mess. Heat piled on disjointed candied raspberry heat. Lacks fruit, harmony and a pulse. I hope UFC 205 performs better for me than this tonight....I feel like I've been punched in the mouth already. Ouch. 🤕

Nov 13th, 2016
Henrik Poulsen

Despite the lofty 15.6% alc and the 15 years of age this was actually quite decent.

Despite the lofty 15.6% alc and the 15 years of age this was actually quite decent.

Mar 13th, 2016
Palmer Emmitt

Owner/Winemaker Judge Palmer

9.0

2006 Martinelli Zio Tony Ranch Pinot Noir Russian River Valley - gorgeous RRV Pinot right in its drinking wheelhouse. Black cherry and black raspberry, sweet spice, hints of tar and caramel. Intensely flavored ("California") but still somewhat sprightly and balanced.

2006 Martinelli Zio Tony Ranch Pinot Noir Russian River Valley - gorgeous RRV Pinot right in its drinking wheelhouse. Black cherry and black raspberry, sweet spice, hints of tar and caramel. Intensely flavored ("California") but still somewhat sprightly and balanced.

Mar 28th, 2013
Jeff Sidwell

Owner Bon! Gourmet

Full on California but doesn't taste hot as the balance is fine

Full on California but doesn't taste hot as the balance is fine

Oct 27th, 2016
Jeff Orlowski

Ruby color. Mild nose of ripe cranberries. Medium body, dry, mildly acidic, approachable now. Raspberries, cranberries, and strawberries on palate.

Ruby color. Mild nose of ripe cranberries. Medium body, dry, mildly acidic, approachable now. Raspberries, cranberries, and strawberries on palate.

Oct 31st, 2020
Chris B.

I think they overdid it. This was a hot vintage and the upshot is that the 15% alcohol nearly overwhelms some of the complexity baked into the wine. That said, the cherry hard candy, rose water notes and luscious tannins make this hard to resist. Gotta be honest, the first gulp of this medium bodied wine had too much leather and rubber tire in it for me. But give it time - slowly but surely, it delivers.

I think they overdid it. This was a hot vintage and the upshot is that the 15% alcohol nearly overwhelms some of the complexity baked into the wine. That said, the cherry hard candy, rose water notes and luscious tannins make this hard to resist. Gotta be honest, the first gulp of this medium bodied wine had too much leather and rubber tire in it for me. But give it time - slowly but surely, it delivers.

Jul 12th, 2020