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Marietta helped lay the groundwork for the California Red Blend craze, which is now one of our most popular categories. They were making "Prisoner" style blends long before Orin Swift, Apothic, or Menage a Trois. They must've known they were on to something because they had the foresight to trademark the phrase "Old Vine Red"! The small, family-owned winery now led by Scot Bilbro is utilizing his family's estate vineyards in Geyserville to produce more varietal-specific wines, while still paying homage to his father Chris by creating unique blends with a supporting cast of old-world varietals. For example, the Roman Zinfandel has a touch of Barbara, and Christo, a Syrah-based red, with 4% Viognier to give the wine a Cote-Rotie feel. These wines are the epitome of QPR. Load up on them now, they will not last long!!
Marietta - Zinfandel Roman 2019...$19.98 / 750ml
The 2019 Román Zinfandel (blended with 4% Barbera and 2% Petite Sirah) has a medium ruby-purple color and gregarious scents of candied peach, wild berry preserves, orange peel and tar. The palate is deeply fruited but light on its feet with bright freshness and loads of perfume on the long finish.
The 2018 Armé Cabernet Sauvignon is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon blended with 7% Merlot, 4% Malbec and 4% Petit Verdot. Medium ruby-purple, it has pure, classic aromas of cassis, graphite, violets, loamy earth and tobacco. The intensely flavored palate is light on its feet with loads of juicy lift and a soft tannic frame, and it finishes long and floral. It's an incredibly elegant style, particularly at this price point!
Marietta - Red Blend Christo 2018...$19.98 / 750ml
The 2018 Christo is made up of 60% Syrah, 24% Grenache, 12% Petite Sirah and 4% Viognier. Vibrant ruby-purple in color, the nose offers pure scents of crushed red, black and blue berries, tobacco, violets, tar and smoked meats. The palate is full-bodied and packed full of perfectly ripe, juicy fruit, with a grainy frame and loads of uplift on the finish.