Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Blue Slide Ridge has an earthy, forest floor, tree bark and black soil-laced nose with a core of black cherries, black berries and sautéed herbs. Truly a Big Bertha of a Pinot, this is one for those with hedonistic tendencies. Packed with black berry, savory earth and dried herb flavors, and framed by firm, chewy tannins, it finishes with epic length and with everything “greatly” balanced. It’s still quite primary and should really be enjoyed after it’s had another 2-3 years in bottle.
95+ points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Issue # 229 - Feb 2017)
The 2015 Pinot Noir Blue Slide Ridge is the most reticent of the Martinelli Pinots. The flavors are bright, precise and nuanced, but the Blue Slide does not have the mid-palate depth or unctuousness of the other wines in this range. It will be interesting to see if the 2015 acquires more depth in the bottle. Today, it is a bit compact.
94+ points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Mar 2017)