- Marietta Old Vine Red Lot 64 Product #31398 (In Stock)
For 20+ years, Marietta has made this wine a bit differently. It's a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah, and other assorted "Italian Blacks" with 10% done in new oak, 30% in neutral barrel and the rest in tank. The grapes are harvested ripe, but not over-ripe or jammy (13.5% abv) and the Zin fermented cool and slow for maximum freshness. And, when it's time to finish the wine, they blend lots from 3, 4 or 5 different vintages to make the best, juiciest, freshest value they can.
As Robert Parker says, these wines are "somewhat contrarian styles of wines, non-vintage, but loaded with flavor and personality." The just-released Lot 64 is a classic, loaded with fresh cherry/berry fruit and accents of licorice, plum, spice and dried flowers. More "delicious" than "impressive," treat it like a New World Beaujolais or Cotes du Rhone to enjoy at a party, with pizza, or juicy burgers hot off the grill.
- Marietta Christo Lot 3 Product #30367 (In Stock)
One of America's great value wineries specializes in creating multi-vintage blends that, as Parker says, "Sell for a song." This one's a winner!
"There are approximately 12,000 cases of the NV Christo Lot 3, which is a hedonistic blend of Grenache, Syrah, Petite Sirah and a touch of Viognier to uplift the aromatics. This is, again, aged in neutral oak for two years and a blend of three vintages: 2011, 2012 and 2013. This is my favorite of all of these wines – a wine of exceptional purity and intensity and plenty of character, as this one is 70% Syrah and the rest the other three grapes. It tips the scales at a lofty 15.3% alcohol, but it’s well hidden behind a cascade of blackberry and cassis fruit, roasted meats, steak tartare, licorice and Provençal herbs. It’s a big boy, and that’s exactly the way they want it. This wine should drink well for 7-8 years, but it’s meant to be consumed in its exuberant youthfulness."Wine Advocate 91 points