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This wine is a tremendous value and will satisfy any wine snob's tastes, especially those who enjoy finding a diamond in the rough. Read more
A friend brought this to us on a casual evening. Didn't drink it that night, so on a regular Wed night my husband grabbed it. Neither of us knew ... Read more
Made in the tradition of old-style field blends, Marietta's Old Vine Red is not issued with a vintage year, but rather a "Lot Number", each batch v... Read more
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This wine is a tremendous value and will satisfy any wine snob's tastes, especially those who enjoy finding a diamond in the rough.
A friend brought this to us on a casual evening. Didn't drink it that night, so on a regular Wed night my husband grabbed it. Neither of us knew anything about it and we opened. It was so good we feared we had opened something that was from one of our wine expert friends that should be kept for a special occasion! What a nice surprise to look it up and find that its so reasonable. I'm going to go buy as much as I can. It is going to be my go to wine!
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Made in the tradition of old-style field blends, Marietta's Old Vine Red is not issued with a vintage year, but rather a "Lot Number", each batch varying somewhat from its predecessors. The current Lot No. 31 consists of 60 percent Zinfandel 25 percent Carignane, 10 percent Petite Sirah and 5 percent Cabernet Sauvignon from old-vine patches in several California regions. Very dark reddish-purple in color, it shows perfumed "dusty" aromas with plummy fruit and grace notes of pepper and spice. Warm and mouth-filling flavors focus on black plums and a hint of sweet brown sugar from the oak, with a tart edge of acidity gaining presence in the finish. I find the Zinfandel character muted, but the wine is full and textured, a "Mediterranean-style" red from the New World.
Leave it to this solid winery to produce tasty reds that sell at realistic prices. Their biggest hit is the 20,000+ case cuvée of Old Vine red. Their newly release non-vintage Old Vine Lot 31 is a blend of 60% Zinfandel, 20% Carignan, and the rest Petite Sirah, Grenache, and who knows what else, from the 2000 and 2001 vintages. Its dark ruby/purple color is followed by a Côtes du Rhône-like nose of crushed black pepper intermixed with with sweet and sour black cherries, currants, figs, and earth. Nicely-textured and chewy, this delicious red should be consumed over the next 2-3 years.
One of the finest values in the wine world is Marietta Old Vine Red, the most recent rendition being Lot 19. This wine, usually a blend of Petit Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Carignane, and who knows what else, is always a deep ruby/purple-colored wine with copious quantities of peppery black fruits intertwined with scents of earth. A chewy, fleshy, full-bodied, mouthfilling wine, this juicy, burly effort disappears as quickly as Marietta releases the 10,000+ cases that are produced. While most of the Old Vine Red is consumed within the first 1-2 months of purchase, it gives every indication of lasting for 5 or more years.
Once again, Marietta has proven just how masterful a blend can be made and sold at a realistic price. This category is ignored by every high quality producer in California, yet Marietta has produced 20,000 cases of their non-vintage Old Vine Red Lot 34, a blend of 65% Zinfandel, 30% Carignan, and 5% Petite Sirah. The current rendition of this typically Rhone-like effort reveals more Zinfandel characteristics in its briery, berry notes intermixed with touches of earth, spice, and pepper. It offers surprising elegance as well as pure fruit flavors unencumbered by oak or tannin. Drink it over the next 1-3 years.
Blackberry and dried cherry aromas spiked with notes of pepper and spice. Mouth-filling of hearty ripe plums, a hint of grilled toasty oak and just enough acidity in the finish to provide a refreshing lift that balances all of the jammy ripe fruit on the palate.
This wine has become a darling to intelligent wine consumer, as evidenced by the fact that the entire production is allocated. The Lot 22 offering, primarily from the 1996 and 1997 vintages, is a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignan, Gamay and Cabernet Sauvignon, from vineyard sources in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino. It is a weighty, seriously-endowed wine with a dark purple color, as well as a super nose of cherries, black currants, pepper, spice, and loamy soil notes. Full-bodied and richly-extracted, with copious quantities of berry fruit, excellent purity, and an expansive, silky-textured finish, this wine can be drunk now as well as cellared for 2-3 years.
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.
Lot 51 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 51 carries on the tradition in stride with loads of ripe berry and peppery spice as well as hints of dried cherries and dusty herbs 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. As always, this lot will not last long, but those who grab a bottle or two will be sure to enjoy it as many have with the preceding 50 lots.
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