Marietta Old Vine Red Lot 62
A warm inviting wine that’s loaded with blackberry and dried cherry aromas spiked with notes of pepper and spice. Mouth-filling flavors center on hearty ripe plums, a hint of grilled toasty oak and just enough acidity in the finish to provide a refreshing lift that balances all of the jammy ripe fruit on the palate.
$22.00 / Bottle $264.00 / Case
SALE $14.99 / Bottle $179.88 / Case
Wine insiders don’t want you to know about this one! The entire production of Old Vine Red has been completely allocated since 1978. It’s a kind of cult favorite among longtime wine lovers - and unlike a lot of CA wines that have become popular, the price hasn’t skyrocketed with the ratings!
When praise is given to Chris Bilbro’s (the guy in dark green polo shirt) wines, he immediately redirects it to "the crew" because these are the guys who give him the exceptional fruit to work with. These are the guys who get the job done. They start work at 6:30 in the morning and finish at 5:00.
Marietta Cellars sits quietly just outside of Geyserville in one of California's most famous wine growing regions, Sonoma County. Owner and winemaker Chris Bilbro initially founded Marietta Cellars in 1979 in an abandoned cow barn in the Dry Creek Valley.
For Chris, winemaking is by no means a job, it’s his lifestyle, his tradition, and his passion. “Over the past 29 years, we have made 43 different Lots of Old Vine Red. The first one was actually just called Old Vine Red. When my dad made the second batch, he needed a way to differentiate between the two so he named the second release Lot Number 1. There are always subtle changes between Lots but overall, the flavor profile is very similar.”
Old Vine Red is made in the tradition of old-style field blends; a proprietary red wine that is noted for its balance, approachable style, and consistency. It is a blend of mostly Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane with smaller amounts of Cabernet, Syrah and various Italian varietals from patches of old vines in several California regions.
The wines of Marietta Cellars incarnate Chris Bilbro's personality, his outlook on life, joie de vivre. Chris has no formal training, his teachers were old Italians like Vic Berrizzi, and Frank Pastori. Chris developed his style and "cut his teeth" making sausage with Vic and picking olives with Frank.
Marietta Cellars (named in honor of great-aunt Marietta) continues the family tradition. Chris' four sons Jake, Scot, Sam and Lucas are all active in the winery. Chris can provide a wild game dish to suit any of his wines or recommend a fresh vegetable recipe inspired by his own kitchen garden.