Since Dad started Marietta in 1978, he has now made 50 Lots of Old Vine
Red. That accomplishment did not go unnoticed with the blending of Lot 50
Dad put a little extra into this one and it definitely shows... The addition of
Syrah from our Mendocino Hill vineyard adds a dusty, gamey component to
this (as always) Zinfandel-based wine. Still fruit forward with rich, spicy
blackberry flavors, lot 50 is certainly more layered and complex in aroma
and flavor as a result. Always a bargain in fruit and stature, this wine
delivers more nuance than generally found in this price range as evidenced by
the demand that continually outpaces the supply.
"The non-vintage Old Vine Red Lot #50 (the 50th incarnation of this cuvee) offers a dark ruby/purple color along with a big, peppery, spicy, fruit-laden bouquet, chewy, fleshy, meaty flavors, plenty of body, but no hard edges. It is the ideal bistro/brasserie/trattoria red for luscious drinking at a bargain basement price. This wine flies off retailers’ shelves, so smart consumers take note. For over three decades one of the great values in dry California red wine has been the non-vintage kitchen sink blend from the Bilbro’s family-owned Marietta Cellars.
The Wine Advocate