Lovely Lolita

MARTINELLI'S LOLITA VINEYARD LOOKING EAST FROM THE SYRAH BLOCK

As I mentioned in the “Preview,” we picked our only Syrah of the 2011 vintage on Monday. Lee Martinelli Jr. and his ‘energizer’ dog, Bolt, were there to guide the picking along with Fred.

BOLT OBSERVES FRED AND LEE OBSERVE THE PICKING OF SYRAH CLONE 877

THE STEEP SYRAH BLOCK IS BORDERED BY PEPPERWOOD TREES, REDWOOD, OAK AND MANZAINITA

LOOK AT THE TOP OF THIS PHOTO TO SEE JUST HOW STEEP IT IS. THE TRUCK WITH BINS IS BELOW

THE PICKERS DILIGENTLY CULLED OUT ANY BAD CLUSTERS OR BOTRYTIS ROT

There were some breathtaking views from Lolita Ranch Vineyard.

SUROUNDED BY FOREST MEANS LOTS OF WILDLIFE

PINOT NOIR AND CHARDONNAY DOWN BELOW

OVERLOOKING SEBASTOPOL, FORESTVILLE AND SANTA ROSA

This forested property was once owned by Guiseppe and Luisa Martinelli back in the 1890s. Lee Jr reaquired the property from Bob and Lolita Young in 1999 and began planting in 2000. Some of the cuttings are from Guiseppe’s original Jackass Hill Vineyard.

JACKASS HILL. MARTINELLI MAKES A FAMOUS ZIN FROM HERE!

There won’t be much Syrah from Lolita Ranch, a ton maybe, but the Martinelli crew made sure we got only quality fruit.

PRECIOUS FEW BINS OF 2011 SCHERRER SYRAH!

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