2014 Marietta "Gibson Block" McDowell Valley Syrah SKU #1306841

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WE 94 VN 93 RP 91
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  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    4/26/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    If there's anyone who knows old vines, it's Marietta Cellars. Second generation winemaker/owner Jake Bilbo has taken the skills learned from his father and UC Davis education to craft high quality wines at a very affordable price. ‚ÄčThe Gibson Block is a powerful Syrah that's dark fruited with a touch of savoriness. This wine spends a year and a half in neutral barrels, so barrel treatment is not overpowering the old vine fruit. This is a fantastic value for Syrah that shouldn't be missed!
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    4/23/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    A big wine with immense depth and power. Coming from some of the oldest Syrah vines in the country, expertly crafted by folks at Marrietta who really specialize in old vine bottlings. Palate staining, inky wine. Dark, smoky fruits, plum, wild blackberry, meaty aromas flow from the glass. The palate is saturated and fleshy but well balanced with savory tannins and earthy tinges. Just begging for grilled meats. An exceptional value.
    Top Value!
  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    3/9/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2014 Marietta Cellars Gibson Block McDowell Valley Syrah comes from a formidable heritage. Dry farmed, and located in a prime, central plot in the McDowell AVA, the Syrah is produced from vines planted in the 1940's, originating from clonal material from the 1890's. Uniquely fruited aromas of ripe apricot and blackberry are rooted by more savory notes of chaparral, rocky minerality and black pepper. The palate is lavish, plush and fruit dominated, but has a chewy, pleasantly mouth coating tannin that is a nod to the rustic wines of old California.

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