OVR Series

OLD VINE RED

Old Vine Red is a proprietary red wine made to replicate the field blends of many of the old vineyards in Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Predominantly comprised of Zinfandel, Old Vine Red combines pure fruit, a supple mouth feel and a rich, solid structure. A groundbreaking combination of varietals and multiple vintages first produced in 1982, this wine has blazed the path for red blends for decades. With a historic underground following, it is one of the longest lasting and best known red blends produced today.

PREVIOUS PRAISE FOR OLD VINE RED LOT 68

The Lot 68 Old Vine Red is deep ruby-colored and has terrific fruit, lots of spice and graphite nuances, medium body, and shocking purity and texture for a wine at this price point (from California, anyway). It has tons to love and is a little gem to drink over the coming year or two.

90 Points

—Jeb Dunnuck, June 2018, Old Vine Red Lot 68

  • 60% aged in neutral barrels and 40% aged in stainless steel
  • 25,000 cases produced
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • Spring 2019

2018 OLD VINE ROSÉ

50% Syrah and 50% Grenache from our McDowell Valley vineyard, the fruit included is some of the oldest in the state and was hand-picked from six foot tall vines early in the season at brix levels of 19 and 21. Pale in color but not in exuberance, this rosé shows bright stonefruit and lemon tart backed by palpable acidity and a long creamy mouthfeel from weekly lees stirring post fermentation.

Balanced and beautiful, this light- to medium-bodied wine made from Rhône varieties offers everything in appealing proportions. Jazzy raspberry aromas are followed by subtle cherry and rhubarb flavors on a crisp texture.

91 points, BEST BUY

—Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast, October 2019

  • Aged in neutral oak barrels for 3 months with weekly lees stirring
  • 3,000 cases produced
  • 13% Alcohol
  • Release date: Spring 2019

Purchase

2018 OLD VINE RIESLING

With rich aromatics of honey and apricot, this dry Riesling surprises with bright acid and a lean texture.  Juicy, but clean and precise, this wine is wonderful with spicy, rich food yet also delicious on its’ own.  Drink lightly chilled.

  • 60% aged in neutral barrels and 40% aged in stainless steel
  • 500 cases produced
  • 12.5% Alcohol
  • Release Date: February 2019

Family Series

2017 ROMÁN

Our winemaking is based on a unique blend of tradition and innovation, however, the backbone to everything that we do is hard work. Román Cisneros, our Cellar Master and employee of thirty years, embodies the heart and commitment that creates our wines. This Zinfandel is from our vineyards in Alexander Valley, McDowell Valley and the Yorkville Highlands.  Made in Román’s favorite style, it is rich and lush with powerful structure.

The 2017 Román is a gorgeous, Zinfandel-based blend from Marietta that offers sweet floral notes and bright, red-toned berry flavors. Medium-bodied and refreshing, the 2017 is delicious, fun and easy to drink. I loved it.

91 points

—Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Spring 2019
  • Aged for 12 months in neutral barrels.
  • 1,500 cases produced
  • 14.7% Alcohol
  • Release Date: Fall 2019
  • Drink now or age up to ten years

2016 CHRISTO

This intense, powerful Syrah-based wine is grown mostly on our McDowell Valley property which has a long history of championing Rhone varietals. Co-fermented with Viognier, the Syrah expresses violet, tar, and rich earth.  Petite Sirah from Alexander Valley brings chewy bitter chocolate, while Grenache grown at 1400 feet elevation in the Yorkville highlands keeps the wine bright and juicy.  Full-bodied and fleshy, this wine is dark and brooding yet silky and smooth.

The 2016 Christo, Marietta’s Syrah-based blend, is terrific. Black cherry, chocolate, leather, licorice and spice give the wine much of its dark, brooding feel. Powerful and intense, but with good freshness, the 2016 is wonderfully complete and absolutely delicious.

93 points

—Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Spring 2019
  • Aged for 18 months in neutral barrels
  • 3,500 cases produced
  • 15.2% Alcohol
  • Release Date: Fall 2019
  • Drink now or age up to ten years

2016 ARMÉ

The Estate Cabernet Sauvignon comes from our vineyards in Alexander Valley and McDowell Valley. Harvested in late September and early October and fermented for three weeks at temperatures in the 70s, these grapes yielded deep, intense wine that conveys a taut freshness with great aromatic purity. Balanced between modern California and Old World, this wine is dense with buckets of black currant and cherry that are tempered with a dusty herbaceous quality. Built to age and best with food.

The 2016 Armé is another superb wine in the middle tier of the Marietta range. Fresh, savory and super- expressive, the Armé has a lot going on. Black cherry, sage, lavender, menthol and licorice give the wine striking savory nuance to play off the dark Cabernet Sauvignon fruit. More than anything else, though, the Armé is a superb value in California Cabernet.

93 points

—Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Spring 2019
  • Aged for 20 months in neutral barrels
  • 6,000 cases produced
  • 14.8% Alcohol
  • Release Date: June 2019
  • Drink now or age up to fifteen years

Estate Series

2017 ANGELI

Marietta Cellars sits in the entrance to a small canyon off Alexander Valley. Known as Angeli Ranch after the family who originally settled here in 1886, this property’s vineyards connect gravel swales from the Russian River to terraced knolls invisible from the valley floor. The extremes of this site create a wine that is powerful but has surprising elegance and clarity.

The 2017 Zinfandel Angeli, from a site in Alexander Valley, is rich, pliant and expressive. Super-ripe black cherry, hard candy, new leather, lavender and mint give the Angeli decidedly dark shades of expression. This sumptuous, flavorful Zinfandel should drink well for another decade or more.

94 points

—Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Spring 2019

  • Aged for 15 months in neutral barrels.
  • 1,000 cases produced
  • 14.8% Alcohol
  • Release Date: Fall 2019
  • Drink now or age up to 10 years

2016 GIBSON BLOCK

The Gibson Block is the heart of the McDowell Valley AVA. It is planted with some of the oldest Syrah and Grenache in California. This ancient, dry farmed mixed block next to the original Gibson Homestead has been producing grapes for over a hundred years. Reflecting the hidden property where it is grown, this Syrah is quiet, obscure and profound. Limited in production due to the unique grape source, this wine is built to enjoy with food and will age at least a decade, only increasing in subtleness and complexity.

The 2016 Syrah Estate Gibson Block is the star of this range from Marietta. From a dry-farmed site planted in the 1880s, the Gibson Block is powerful, sumptuous and racy to the core. A whole range of complementary varieties give the Gibson Block striking inner perfume and lift to play off the intense dark fruit, while silky tannins add to the wine’s racy, inviting personality.

95 points

—Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Spring 2019

  • Aged for 18 months in neutral barrels.
  • 650 cases produced
  • 15.1% Alcohol
  • Release Date: Fall 2019
  • Drink now or age up to 15 years

2016 GAME TRAIL

The Yorkville Highlands are the mountain pass traversed between the north end of Alexander Valley and the west end of Anderson Valley. Our small block of Game Trail Cabernet is perched looking south from 1400 feet elevation upon that ridge. Coastal influence and large diurnal swings create small berries, thick skins, deep pigmentation, and tons of structure. Clone 6 Cabernet sets sparingly with berries the size of blueberries and
no fruit to fruit contact, so it is cane pruned and left to hang as many clusters as possible. We find a purity in this wine: more acid and fore-mouth focused than other Cabernet, it is tart, bright, perfumed and refreshing.

Marietta’s 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Game Trail is powerful, dark and quite savory. Smoke, tobacco, gravel, menthol, cedar and licorice all run through this bold, pungent mountain Cabernet. There is quite a bit of aromatic intensity to play off the blackberry fruit in this strapping young wine. Give it a few years in bottle for the tannins to soften.

94 points

—Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Spring 2019

  • Aged in neutral barrels for 20 months.
  • 775 cases produced
  • 14.6% Alcohol
  • Release date: Spring 2019
  • Drink now or age up to 15 years