Marietta Old Vine Lot 47
Old Vine Red is a challenging yet fun wine to make. Our goal is always quality and consistency. A non-vintage proprietary blend gives us lots of flexibility to accomplish this, and since we release it three times per year, it’s always interesting to adjust the wine to the season. Lot 52 is a classic example. This summer release is bursting with bright, fresh berry and cherry fruit and spice yet it boasts sufficient body, weight and texture to accompany barbeque, spicy salsa topped foods, blackened cajun chicken, or to sip with fresh fruit on a warm summer eve. Focused on fruit with just a hint of toasty oak, this Zinfandel based blend should be enjoyed over the next couple of years if you can let is last that long.
Predominantly Zinfandel, the Marietta Old Vine Red is a unique, non-vintage proprietary blend from a very special winery. Winemaker-owned and operated, with a limited production of 35,000 cases annually, Marietta Cellars creates delicious, affordably priced wines. The Lot 47 Zinfandel retails for about $10-$13 a bottle, is amazingly good, crafted for balance, approachability, and consistency. The aroma, so gentle and controlled, has no sharp edges, and would grab any wine drinker’s attention. The perfect layers of fruit, spice, and creamy oak characteristics almost disappear as individual entities, blending together like a perfect homogeneous, almost undefinable, scent. The taste is just as good. The mixed-berries, notably blackberry and strawberry, are lush and concentrated, like a reduced fruit syrup. Any notable tannic feel is minimal, and nasal astringency is nonexistent. The familiar, and important, typical Zinfandel spices are light, and hint of black pepper and vanilla. The overall mouth feel displays a cool minerality, like the purest of bottled sparkling water. With the exception of ripe strawberry flavors, this Zin has a fairly familiar varietal aroma and taste profile. The presentation of the aroma and flavor set is what sets this wine apart. It reaches levels of balance and degrees of textural smoothness that I have never experienced in this price range; perhaps achieved, in part, by its relatively low 13.5% alcohol. If I had a “house red,” this would be it. I would be excited to serve this to anybody. my blog corksandcaftans: http://corksandcaftans.wordpress.com/category/corks/
This blend is oohhhh so jammy! Loved the Zin-style fruit and nose on this vintage. Am ready to add it to my cellar