In a century-old hop barn with the telltale triple towers, Martinelli has the feel of a traditional country store, but the sophisticated wines made here are anything but old-fashioned. The winery's reputation rests on its complex Pinot Noirs, Syrahs, and Zinfandels, including the $125-a-bottle Jackass Hill Vineyard Zin, made with grapes from 130-year-old vines. You can sip these acclaimed wines—going back a decade or more—during a private Library Tasting ($50). A standard
tasting ($10) focuses on current releases, a Chardonnay, three reds, and a Muscat that tastes like honeysuckle. Winemaker Helen Turley set the Martinelli style—fruit forward, easy on the oak, reined-in tannins—in the 1990s. The current winemaker Bryan Kvamme, a Turley protégé, continues the tradition.
3360 River Rd., east of Olivet Rd., Windsor, California, 95492, United States