Zinfandel of the Month is a regular feature on Zinfandel Chronicles. Keep in mind that although the Zinfandel of the Month might be an older bottle, the current vintage will be one you can find at retail or via the mailing list.
The April Zinfandel of the Month is the Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot #63
The history of Marietta Cellars goes back almost 40 years. It is a true American success story that merits the attention of every red wine drinker who wants to drink exceptional wines at fair prices. Marietta Cellars was founded by Chris Bilbro in 1978. In recent years Chris’s sons, Jake and Scot, have taken over most of the responsibilities. Jake and Scot are known as well for their success in reviving Limerick Lane Wines.
The wine is purple in color and checks in at 13.5% ABV. Predominantly Zinfandel with Syrah, Petite Sirah and Mixed Blacks. Brambly black fruits, earth and black pepper on the nose. Sweet and savory with nice acidity. Blackberry, raspberry and black licorice on the palate. Delicious now or age until the next version come out later this year. Always a great value at $12 or so.
My rating: 90 points.
Marietta Cellars makes several other wines that are all noteworthy. The Old Vine Red though is a wine to buy by the case.
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