Marietta "Old Vine Red Lot #65" California Red Blend

SKU #1293766 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. As for the NV Old Vine Red Lot 65, this was bottled right before I tasted it and again contains lots of Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah and other varieties such as Montepulciano and Barbera. This is delicious, concentrated and spicy with loads of roasted herbs, black cherry, briary berry fruit, pepper and meatiness. This medium-bodied, lusty wine was aged 60% in stainless steel and 40% in neutral oak. (RP)  (10/2016)

Wine Enthusiast

 *Best Buy* This great-value wine proves that a vintage date is not always needed for high-quality. Drenched with fruit flavor and nicely thick in texture, this full-bodied wine is not overly tannic, so it's easy to appreciate. It shows ripe black cherry and blackberry flavors, with smoky, meaty accents that come out on the second and third sips. (JG)  (3/2017)

K&L Notes

If you like sizeable, ripe, juicy and easygoing wines look no further than the legacy of Marietta Old Vine Red. For decades this wine has given drinkers impeccable value and serious, unmanipulated, delicious hearty red wine for next to nothing. In the world where something like The Prisoner, which began in the market place at around $20, is now over $45 this template for "Kitchen Sink" 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 reigns of the winery and has fine tuned what their parents did so well for so many years. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2017 | Send Email
For years I always felt that the Old Vine Red consistently over-delivered lot after lot after lot, and the Lot 65 follows in the footsteps of its predecessors! The Lot 65 is ripe and approachable yet lifted with savory spice, black peppercorn and bramble, along with red cherry and bright blackberries rounding out the palate. Stock up because this amazing blend will not last long!

Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/3/2017 | Send Email
This is for sure one of our best deals in California reds at K&L. This is a non-vintage Zinfandel based blend that goes above and beyond its price tag. It has red berry flavors along with smoked meats and dried herb notes that are sure to grab your attention. Grab one, or a case!

Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/3/2017 | Send Email
Lot #65 is another champion of a wine combining the intensity 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 and 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, fresh blackberries, a hint of bacon drippings and wild thyme 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. One side note about the future of this wine, Marietta is completely repackaging the brand with the release of Lot #66 and has a handful of very exciting single block wines to look out for in the late Spring of 2017!

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