2001 Martinelli Zio Tony Ranch Pinot Noir Russian River Valley California. Alcohol 15.6%. Deep red color, deep hue, beautiful dark cherry and wild strawberry nose, light spice and a bit of earth, intense pure fruit tastes with light acidity and just a bit of oak, mild, well integrated tannis, excellent balance, incredibly long finish with strong fruit, spice and earthen notes -- Janet: "I could taste this wine even after we left the restaurant and walked back to the car. Just delicious." 5*.
Janet, Robin and I tried the Brooklyn Pizza Restaurant in Ridgewood New Jersey -- the Grimaldi brothers from Hackensack and Edgewater -- I'm not sure what their relationship is with the famous Grimaldi's Brooklyn Pizza in Brooklyn New York. The pizza is really good and we had great fun deciding whether we preferred mine or theirs: them -- better sauce, simplier and lovely tomato flavor; mine -- better crust and mushrooms; tie -- cheeses. Since I can make a pizza in the time it takes to drive to Ridgewood, and I can see how to make my sauce as good as theirs -- Ross wins, three votes to none. :-) [Thanks to Robin Garr and Stuart in particular for great hints on how to make better pizza.]
Back to the wine [a little tough to type since I've sprained my left arm patting my back]. This is a big Pinot Noir, and although Janet loved it, I prefer a smaller, more delicate, more complex style. But, hey, it tasted great with the excellent cold antipasto, a mushroom pizza and cheese ravioli. We bought a case of this wine on a trip to Sonoma, so I'll have more opportunities to try it with a superior pizza. :-)