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