TN: 2006 Martinelli Zinfandel Giuseppe & Luisa

2006 Martinelli Zinfandel Giuseppe & Luisa - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (9/15/2009)

Opened at Otis' Cellar Diminishment Party. This was another over the top wine from Martinelli at this party. I always appreciate the opportunity to try them though to see if my tastes are changing or if this producer has decided to change their style to make wines which are actually in balance. No change in style here. This was better than the 2000 G&L that I had in 2002 but that is not saying much. Smoother than I expected but it showed noticeable alcohol and heat on the finish. Just a very fake, manipulated wine to me. 86-87 points.

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Thankfully rid myself of the last bottle of this. Undrinkable. I'd rather drink cherry flavored cough syrup. Overripe fruit, syrupy, and nothing in the way of tannin or acidity to balance it. A jumbled mess that is overly hot (16.5% alc.). It's like over-extracted juice with Sriracha sauce added. Might be good as rocket fuel. Re-tasting after 2 and 3 days does not change the picture. I can't believe I used to like this crap. Dropped this list a few years ago. 75pts (no, not a typo).

Editing my score to 50pts.
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Originally posted by yhn:
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Originally posted by haggis:75pts (no, not a typo).


Sounds like a generous score. From your description I'd probably put it in the 50s. Maybe even flat 50, since I see no redeeming qualities listed.


sriracha is a plus
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Originally posted by yhn:
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Originally posted by haggis:75pts (no, not a typo).


Sounds like a generous score. From your description I'd probably put it in the 50s. Maybe even flat 50, since I see no redeeming qualities listed.


I guess I'm an easy grader! Roll Eyes
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Originally posted by g-man:
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Originally posted by yhn:
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Originally posted by haggis:75pts (no, not a typo).


Sounds like a generous score. From your description I'd probably put it in the 50s. Maybe even flat 50, since I see no redeeming qualities listed.


sriracha is a plus


Haha!! yes, perhaps it's one redeeming value!
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Originally posted by haggis:
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Originally posted by yhn:
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Originally posted by haggis:75pts (no, not a typo).


Sounds like a generous score. From your description I'd probably put it in the 50s. Maybe even flat 50, since I see no redeeming qualities listed.


I guess I'm an easy grader! Roll Eyes


Nice eye roll. But maybe I took my time to try to make a point for a reason. You stated the wine was extremely undrinkable, yet you seem to think you were being edgy by rating it way down in the ho-hum average but drinkable range.
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Originally posted by yhn:
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Originally posted by haggis:
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Originally posted by yhn:
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Originally posted by haggis:75pts (no, not a typo).


Sounds like a generous score. From your description I'd probably put it in the 50s. Maybe even flat 50, since I see no redeeming qualities listed.


I guess I'm an easy grader! Roll Eyes


Nice eye roll. But maybe I took my time to try to make a point for a reason. You stated the wine was extremely undrinkable, yet you seem to think you were being edgy by rating it way down in the ho-hum average but drinkable range.


Me, edgy? I guess my rating system is different. If I gave a student a score of 75, he/she would be history. But, I take your point and I think, given the WS and Parker scoring criteria, that I should have given this a 50. I'm going to change it.

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