Marietta "Armé-Lot #1" Sonoma-Mendocino Counties Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1175457 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Another non-vintage cuvée introduced by the sons is the non-vintage Arme Lot #1. A Bordeaux blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 4% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot, it is a deep, delicious, full-bodied, 5,000-case cuvée boasting a dark ruby/purple color as well as attractive notes of cassis, dusty, loamy soil and foresty undertones. Lush and heady, it is ideal for drinking over the next decade or more. The Bilbro brothers, Jake and Scott, have taken over for father, Chris, who is still very much involved, but the newer generation has the responsibility and ownership of Limerick Lane Cellars, where they have done an amazing job within a few short years. (RP)  (12/2014)

Vinous

 The NV Armé Lot 1 is a Bordeaux blend from vineyards in Mendocino and Sonoma. Savory herbs, smoke, tobacco and dark stone fruits meld together in a pretty, deeply expressive wine. One of the clear advantages of crafting non vintage blends is the ability to make wines that offer the complexity of age upon release, which pretty much sums up the Lot 1. Accordingly, readers will want to enjoy this first release of Marietta's Armé over the next few years. Brothers Jake and Scot Bilbro seem to have breathed new life into Marietta, one of Sonoma's historic wineries. This year, the Bilbros have two new wines; the NV Christo, a Syrah-based red, and the NV Armé, which features Bordeaux varieties. All four wines in this range deliver outstanding quality and value.  (1/2015)

K&L Notes

Marietta's "Armé" is a Bordeaux Blend echo of the winery's top-selling Old Vine Lot series of non-vintage blends and, while still a fantastic value, a "step up" in quality. Based in Geyserville, California, the Bilbro family has quietly grown a small wine empire that few have heard of, but which is immensely respected by those that have. This new blend benefits from vineyard properties that they acquired in McDowell Valley, Mendocino County, in 2012.

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By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/8/2015 | Send Email
This is a wine that needs to breathe. It is a bold, rich and very juicy non-vintaged wine, with tons of personality and character screaming up from the glass. Enjoy this California Bordeaux-inspired blend with any foods that are really rich and bloody! Enjoy!

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.8