Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot #69 – Bottle Notes

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 son, Scot, has taken over most of the responsibilities. Scot’s brother Jake is running the show at Limerick Lane Wines while his brother Sam is running Idlewild Wines.

Old Vine Red (OVR) is a proprietary red wine made to replicate the field blends of many of the old vineyards in Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Predominantly comprised of Zinfandel, OVR is a multi vintage blend. The lot # represents the current version of this wine.

Purple in color. 13.5% ABV. Grapey nose of black fruit, baking spices, iron and earth. Young and jammy. Full bodied with medium acidity. Black cherry, blackberry and pepper on the palate. Medium length on the finish. Well made, easy to drink and very affordable. Best over the next year or so or until lot #70 gets released.

My rating: 87 points.

As always, tremendous value at around $13 a bottle. A wine to buy by the case. Marietta Cellars makes several other wines that are noteworthy. Look for the Angeli in particular.

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5 thoughts on “Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot #69 – Bottle Notes

  1. Hi Tom. Nice post. I’m a big fan of Marietta. We had the pleasure of visiting Scot at the winery last year. Let me know if you’d like the link to my article. Also, wanted you to know [if you didn’t already] that Chris passed away early this year.

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