Lee and George Martinelli

Burnside Vineyard

Five generations of the Martinelli family have grown grapes in California. This storied viticultural history goes back to 1887, when winemaker Giuseppe Martinelli left his village in the Tuscany region of Italy to start a new life as a winegrower in the United States. Since then, the Martinelli family have earned respect and acclaim for their commitment and expertise growing premium grapes in the Russian River Valley, and more recently on the Sonoma Coast. Today, the Martinelli vineyards are managed by viticulturists Lee and George Martinelli, who continue building on the family's legacy of excellence, with their meticulous approach to vineyard care.

Burnside Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County

We have been delighted to work with Lee Martinelli for many years in other vineyards, so when he developed Burnside Vineyard and offered us a small amount of fruit, we jumped at the chance. A former apple orchard, Burnside Vineyard is relatively close to the Petaluma Gap, which provides a major cooling influence to the site. Red Goldridge series soils, and a hillside orientation bending to the east for early morning sun exposure, also mark Burnside Vineyard as a superb Pinot Noir site. Burnside Vineyard is entirely planted to Dijon clone 115, a clone that has rapidly proven itself to be an excellent choice in a number of top-rated vineyards. When grown at this cool site, this clone yields small clusters that produce a dark and plush expression of Pinot Noir with chocolate, licorice and mulled fruit elements.