Marietta "Old Vine Red Lot #64" California Red Blend

SKU #1281781 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 For many years I have been touting the old-vine red put together by Marietta cellars as one of the great values in all of winedom. I got to taste two of the old-vine reds, Lot 64 and Lot 65, and there is no reason to change my opinion. This is a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah and mixed Italian blacks. It usually hits about 13.5% alcohol, which is modest, and aged largely in neutral oak and stainless steel. Production is about 30,000 cases and, of course, they sell it like they are giving away free hotcakes it is so delicious. The NV Old Vine Red Lot 64, which is already in the marketplace, shows plenty of peppery, meaty, sightly herbal red and black fruits, medium body, loads of fruit and soft tannins in an exuberant, rather spicy, earthy personality. It is a beauty to drink over the next year or so. (RP)  (10/2016)

K&L Notes

If you like sizeable, ripe, juicy and easygoing wines, look no further than the legend that is Marietta Old Vine Red. For decades this wine has given wine drinkers impeccable value and serious, unmanipulated, delicious hearty red wine for next to nothing. In a world where something like The Prisoner, which began in the marketplace at around $20, is now over $45, this template for the world of blends of that ilk is still a measly $12. Always non-vintage and a revolving blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah and other mixed black varietals from fully mature vines, this has over-delivered and stayed true to form for as long as I can remember back in the biz. But there are new things on the horizon for Marietta's Old Vine Red: most importantly the winery has purchased a new sizeable vineyard in the Yorkville Highlands. so within the next couple of years everything from the winery will become estate grown, a rarity for a wine of this quality and production level. Also, the second generation of the Bilbro Family has taken the reins of the winery and have fine-tuned what their parents did so well for so many years. (Bryan Brick, K&L Domestic wines buyer)

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Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/6/2016 | Send Email
Year to year, Marietta's Old Vine Red delivers great quality at an affordable price and Lot 64 is no different. A unique blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah and other grapes provide this wine with balance and structure that you wouldn't expect from a $12 bottle. This is great to pick-up for a casual week night or to keep around as a house red.

Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2016 | Send Email
Lot #64 is another doozy of a wine combining the briaryness of Zinfandel with all of the density and darkness of Petite Sirah, throw in some peppery Syrah spice and the lift and complexity from small quantities of numerous other varietals and this is one special inexpensive wine. The concentration of this wine is instantly apparent which is one of its most enjoyable traits, the old vines here play their role and do it well with zesty aplomb and brooding energy. Full of white pepper, zippy plums, blueberry compote and fried rosemary this is as chuggable as it is serious. In fact I can see this aging incredibly well for the next 4-6 years but who could wait that long.

Staff Image By: Keith Palace | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2016 | Send Email
This California version of an Old World Italian field blend is a real crowd-pleaser. Cherry, raspberry and subtle chocolate notes greet the nose with bright acid and mellow tannins leaving behind a smooth mouth feel. Pair this with a nice grilled flank steak and you won't be disappointed.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2016 | Send Email
Lot 64 picks up with where the 63 left off, providing more delicious wild berry fruit, but not at the expense of a balanced palate, with surprising structure, complexity and a nicely dry finish. As carefully as we select all of our wines, it is often the sub $12 bottles we scrutinize the most. And in a line-up of our favorite value reds, I'd be surprised if the Marietta Old Vine were not picked as a favorite amongst many of us here; this wine is that good and a fantastic value.

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