Marietta "Old Vine Red Lot #65" California Red Blend SKU #1293766


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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)

Staff Reviews

  • Mari Keilman
    By: Mari Keilman
    K&L Staff Member
    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!
  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    K&L Staff Member
    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!
  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    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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