Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top 4 Domestic Red Blends tasted 7/2014

3. Marietta Wine Cellars Old Vine Red Lot 59 (NV)

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Average price: $11.99 from 113 stores
A bit subtle on the nose though complex with muddy, plummy fruit,. handfuls of briary herbs and some cough syrupy cherry/berry fruit. Just a touch sweet on entry, and rather large scaled with plenty of ripe tannins, big fruit flavors and lovely suggestions of peppery spices. It’s a bit of a rough and tumble style of wine and the palate shows that vaguely cough syrup like note that I found on the nose, but at the same time it’s reasonably complex and has some energy to it. Smooth, even a touch matte on the palate, this is a fine blend that retains its vinous core with a nod towards fruitier styles of red wines. I can’t say that this is that much different than lot 13, the first Old Vine red I can recall trying, and while my palate has changed I can still see enjoying this wine. 87pts
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