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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-l... Read more
As for the newest release, the Lot #46 Old Vine Red (a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah) comes across lik... Read more
You need not pay attention to the lot number. I have tasted every one since the early teens, and the winersquo;s uniformity is always something to ... Read more
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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 retailersrsquo; shelves, so smart consumers take note.
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 winersquo;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.
Year after year one of the best wine bargains from California is Mariettarsquo;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.
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 1ndash;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 1ndash;2 years.
Made in the tradition of old-style field blends, Mariettarsquo;s Old Vine Red is not issued with a vintage year, but rather a ldquo;Lot Numberrdquo;, 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 ldquo;dustyrdquo; 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 ldquo;Mediterranean-stylerdquo; red from the New World.
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