A blend of 76% Zinfandel, 13% Charbono, 6% Grenache and 5% Petite Sirah, the 2016 Disciples is medium to deep garnet-purple in color with gorgeous notions of hoisin, Black Forest cake, prunes and potpourri with hints of black pepper, unsmoked cigars and cloves. Full-bodied, rich, opulent and oh-so-spicy, it fills the palate with decadent fruit and a plush texture, finishing with a lively lift. 3,924 cases produced.
92 points Stephen Tanzer- Bright ruby. Spicy cherry and blueberry scents are complemented by notes of vanilla, lavender and peppery spices. Plush and juicy on the palate, offering intense dark fruit liqueur flavors that are lifted and sharpened by gentle acidity and a touch of white pepper. Shows very good clarity on the finish, with the floral and spice notes echoing. There's 17.3% alcohol here, by the way, but it's remarkably well hidden.
A rich, boisterous wine, the 2015 Zinfandel Giuseppe & Luisa is explosive in the glass. Here, too, the flavors are bright and vibrant. Red-toned fruit and expressive floral notes abound. Voluptuous and intense, the 2015 possesses tremendous thrust in its flavors and overall feel. Even with all of its intensity, the 2015 retains considerable freshness and acidity to play off the forward fruit.
94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Jan 2017)
At the higher end of the alcohol spectrum, these Martinelli Zinfandels are powerful wines for sure, but I hasten to add that they are beautifully balanced and in terms of flavor, tannin and complexity, they represent the pinnacles of ripeness in every sense. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Zinfandel Giuseppe and Luisa is scented of dried mulberries, plum preserves and blueberry pie with suggestions of hoisin sauce, sandalwood and sautéed herbs. With generous black berry preserves and spice flavors on the very full-bodied palate, it is a mouthful of rich, plush, pure hedonism.
93 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Issue # 230 - Apr 2017)
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