Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot 48
Lot 53 is the latest release of Old Vine Red, our trademark blend that was first released almost 30 years ago in the early days of Marietta. Due to Dad’s remarkable ability to maintain such high levels of both consistency and quality, the demand for Old Vine Red has steadily grown since Lot 1. Lot 53 carries on the tradition in stride with loads of rich and deep berry and plum and peppery spice as well as hints of mild spicy and toasty oak, dusty earth, and a light gamey quality that add to the complexity. The color is deep ruby and purple, and the mouthfeel is forward, dense, and pleasantly rustic and ripe in a Zin-like style.
I'd rate this as a "classic" zin. Very spicy, very fruity. The nose to me was full of cinnamon buns. But not too big, and not too sweet. A nice food wine, esp at this price ($10 on k & l).
One of my favorite everyday wines. Great on it's own, or with some french bread, olive oil and asiago cheese or grilled beef steak. This is literally a mouth full...juicy and jammy come to mind. The finish lingers for a LONG time, and has a bright or fresh taste. Pared with peppered beef brings out a little spiciness. A beautiful ruby color, medium body mouth feel with aromas that stand for hours in a glass.
Not the best wine choice for a beginner, but still good (heavy taste at first, but finishes with a lingering sweet taste). Best wine I have had this year: Jan. 1, 2010.
This is an excellent Zinfindel-based blend out of California. It has a beautiful ruby red color, great, deep fruit flavors, and an extraordinarily smooth finish, which is uncharacteristic of a Zin. This is a very versatile bottle that is very drinkable and would pair up well with many meals. I would suggest pairing with a second glass.
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot 48
Year after year one of the best wine bargains from California is Marietta's non-vintage concoction, this year called Lot # 44. This is one of those blends made from everything but the kitchen sink, including Carignan, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Alicante, and numerous mixed black varietals. Satisfying as well as a fine value, Lot # 44 possesses a deep ruby/purple color as well as a sweet nose of black fruits, underbrush, and pepper. This medium-bodied, soft effort is more superficial than usual, but will offer tasty drinking over the next year.
One of California's iconic value wines, this old vine blend assembled by owner/winemaker Chris Bilbro is a combination of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah. The newest version, #49, is one of Bilbro's finest efforts to date. It boasts a deep plum/ruby color as well as a gorgeous nose of pepper, blackberries, black currants, roasted herbs, and forest floor. Full-bodied and dense with silky tannin as well as a lush texture, this is the quintessential bistro/brasserie/trattoria red to drink with gusto, exuberance, and joy. The price makes it an outright steal!
For some inexplicable reason, few California wineries turn out top quality value-priced wines. One exception is Marietta Cellars, which produces one of my favorite best buys from their blend of grapes (including Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignan, and Gamay) grown in Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino. The non-vintage Old Vine Red Lot 37 exhibits a deep ruby color as well as a fragrant perfume of sweet berry fruit and loamy soil. While not complex, it offers a savory, nicely-textured mouthfeel, impressive purity, and a heady finish. Enjoy it over the next 1-3 years.
The popular Non Vintage Old Vine Red Lot #47 is another winner for consumers. A blend of primarily Zinfandel and a few other varietals, it exhibits a dark ruby color as well as copious aromas of berry fruit and spice, and excellent purity. It is a plush, bistro-styled red to enjoy over the next 1-2 years.
As for the newest release, the Lot #46 Old Vine Red (a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah) comes across like a California Cotes du Rhone. It reveals leathery, peppery, slightly herbal, black cherry and currant fruit along with an excellent texture, forceful but well-balanced flavors, and lovely ripeness. Enjoy it over the next several years.
You need not pay attention to the lot number. I have tasted every one since the early teens, and the wine's uniformity is always something to behold. This offering has plenty of pepper, earth, and spice. Enjoy it with barbecue foods and pizza. It is puzzling why few California wineries try to emulate this great success story.
The non-vintage Old Vine Red Lot #50 (the 50th incarnation of this cuvee) offers a dark ruby/purple color along with a big, peppery, spicy, fruit-laden bouquet, chewy, fleshy, meaty flavors, plenty of body, but no hard edges. It is the ideal bistro/brasserie/trattoria red for luscious drinking at a bargain basement price. This wine flies off retailers' shelves, so smart consumers take note.