Martinelli Russian River Valley Vellutini Ranch 2011 Zinfandel, $45.89-$53.99, 91+ points, was a deep ruby red trending orange at the glass shallows and the thin clear wine ring with very heavy draping.
Subtle aromas of oaky blackberries, cedar, wafting alcohol, and a soft floral component were good.
Medium-plus body carried good acidity, appropriately supportive tannins with flavors of black currant and black cherry fading into the long finish of strawberry, eucalyptus, cayenne, and bourbon-like heat from the 16.1% alcohol.
Very Cool Vineyard!
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