2007 York Creek "MXB" Spring Mountain District Red Blend

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An inky, black-fruited wine that takes its name from the grape-grower's term for the old school field blend: Mixed Blacks. York Creek's MXB is a Zin-based wine that comes from the Spring Mountain District, and it has all that heady mountain fruit, firm tannins and oak spice. A great value too.

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By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/23/2014  | Send Email
The hunt is over: I've found my house wine for 2014! Black currant, Santa Rosa plum, mineral, dark sweet cherries, blackberry, sandalwood spice, hints of meat with medium plus acidity and fine, well-integrated tannin. This 7-year-old "mixed black" blend has incredible balance, elegance and grace. This is an absolute steal at $15.99! Buy it by the case--you will not be sorry!
Top Value!

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/23/2014  | Send Email
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I am absolutely thrilled with the incredible quality of wine being produced from this old vine, terraced hillside vineyard. The 1999 was a superb wine at a ridiculously "cheap" price, as was the 2008. This 2007 joins the ranks of some of the great productions coming from that hillside, and don't let the price scare you away from it. Medium-deep ruby in color, with youthful reddish pink edges, the nose comes at you with lovely perfume of cassis, black currants and blueberries, framed by dusty minerality and cedary notes. All this carries over to a lush, integrated, silky, complex and fleshy palate impression, shows excellent structure and balance, and finishes with a long, mouthwatering character. Rusty has informed me that we need at least two cases of this Gem for our collection, and it will be one of our house reds for the next ten-plus years. Drinking near-term? Decant and air for an hour or more. Treat it like a $50 to $75 bottle of Chateauneuf-du-Pape-style blend. 14.2% ABV
Drink from 2014 to 2025

By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/23/2014  | Send Email
For those California wine fans looking for an all-purpose house red, look no further than this 2007 York Creek Vineyards MXB. This old style field blend incorporates five different varietals, with Zinfandel taking the lead. True to the warm 2007 vintage, the wine offers sweet, ripe red and black fruits yet remains bright and lively in character. The extra time in bottle means the oak is very nicely integrated, adding just a bit of spice on the nose and palate. Although it could be enjoyed on its own, this might just be the perfect BBQ wine. I can't wait to try it with our local Fred Steak. As good as this wine is, the price seals the deal. Incredible value for a mere $15.99.

By: Keith Wollenberg |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/23/2014  | Send Email
This is a wonderful throwback, in a very good way. MXB refers to "Mixed Black" as California winemakers used to refer to field blends of different varietals, which is exactly what this is. Made from Zin, Barbera, Grenache, Durif and Carignan, I bet this was a beast in its youth. But with a few years in bottle it has settled down, lost the rough edges, and found its stride. Big, rich, black-fruited and intense, it still retains enough acidity from the mountain fruit to remain fresh, peppery and delightful. Drink now, or hold for additional time. The only wrong answer is not to buy it now, because when it's gone, it will be gone for good. For less than $15, this is truly compelling!
Top Value!

By: Bryan Brick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/15/2014  | Send Email
I think by now everyone has gotten the back story on the wines from York Creek and why they have been so successful for us here at K&L. If not, or if you just need a reminder, the short version is that we are working with the winery directly to exclusively bring you their incredible wines for insanely affordable prices. Up until now we’ve focused on the Cabernet based blends from the winery but we’ve always loved the other varietals they produce as well and we are not the only ones, Ridge Vineyards has made Petite Sirah since 1971 and Zinfandel since 1975 from this vineyard. This “MXB” bottling is from a field blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane, Barbera and Grenache and is just delicious. WE e-mailed the 2008 vintage of this wine back in December and it was a huge hit. The 2007 is different from the 2008 in that it is a much more spice driven, rustic styled wine with out as much ripeness of fruit. That is not to say that this is a tired wine in any way however. In fact most of our employees preferred this wine to the 2008 when we tasted the wines side by side. I view this wine as being a bit more Rhone-ish with aromas of new leather, whole peppercorns, dried cherry and a touch of wet asphalt. Briary and medium/full in weight this is a wine that is super versatile with its flavors of wild berry, sassafrass, ground pepper, braised meat and clay. So basically this is another wine in a long line of tremendous values from York Creek. (As a side note, we bought all the cases left at the winery so once this is gone, which won’t be long, it will be gone for good!)

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