Marietta "Armé-Lot #3" Sonoma-Mendocino Counties Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1260614 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Their newer non-vintage blends ratchet up the level of quality, such as the NV Arme Lot 3, a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot. This is a big Bordeaux blend, aged up to three years in neutral oak prior to being bottled. It’s a blend of three vintages, 2011, 2012 and 2013. All the fruit comes from not only their estate, but from many of their close friends located in Sonoma and Mendocino. The wine is a 6,000-case North Coast appellation, with elegant black cherry and blackcurrant fruit as well as tobacco leaf, cedar wood, licorice and earth. It’s medium to full-bodied, lush and succulent, which is their objective. Drink it over the next 5-7 years. The Bilbro family, father and two sons Jake and Scot, continue to turn out somewhat contrarian styles of wines, non-vintage, but loaded with flavor and personality. (RP)  (10/2015)

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 The NV Armé Lot 3, Marietta's Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend, is another wine that overdelivers for its relatively modest price. Generous dollops of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec round out this dark, fleshy red. Brothers Jake and Scot Bilbro continue to carry on the family tradition of producing flavorful, affordable reds at Marietta. All of the wines are non-vintage, which provides an unusual level of flexibility in putting together the blends. Above all else, Marietta delivers superb value, something that is increasingly rare in today's world. (AG)  (1/2016)

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By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2016 | Send Email
This is a gorgeous BDX style blend from the Brothers at Marietta/Limerick Lane. Density, richness with a well integrated and melty, quite generous finish. This is an approachable, ready to go daily BDX blend for you to enjoy with friends and family. This wine was the one we all kept pouring more of out on the vineyard with the winemakers, and it went beautifully with the delicious wild boar sausage they had prepared for us. Enjoy!
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By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/12/2016 | Send Email
I recently poured this as a tasting and practically everyone had to go back for a second taste. That is because this Bordeaux Blend coming from the father and sons team at Marietta is blended so well, not just across varietal but across vintages. The resulting wine showcases elegant black currant and cherry notes with cedar, tobacco, and licorice. A somewhat restrained body and long structure belie the 14.6 ABV of the wine and make this a wonderful food wine that would be a good choice for any good dinner and will be a killer Holiday wine.

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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.
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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.