Tried this w/ Susan this weekend:
1. MariettaCllrs OldVineRed (Lot#59; 13.5%; mostly Zinfandel; www.MariettaCellars.com) Chris/Jake/Scot/Sam Bilbro NV
: Dark color; strong blackberry/boysenberry/Zin/plummy bit licorice/DrPepper light oak bit earthy/dusty nose; soft rich/plummy/blackberry/boysenberry/Zin DrPepper/licorice/pungent/earthy light oak flavor w/ light/smooth tannins; med.long spicy/DrPepper/licorice strong blackberry/boysenberry/Zin/dusty light oak finish w/ modest tannins; a delicious uncomplicated spicy Zin at a great price. $14.00 (SFW&S)
More detritus from TheBllodyPulpit:
1. I have...ahem....followed the Marietta OldVineRed from the very start.....Lot#1. Though I don't recall that those early ones were actually numbered w/ a Lot#. They have been consistently good over those early yrs...though I felt that they started losing the strong Zin character because of more Carignane and other stuff there in. I probably gave up following them at Lot#28 or some such.
Since there are lots of changes afoot at Marietta (and LimerickLane) since Jake & Scot bought out their father, Chris, and set him out to pasture (not really...I expect he gives the boys a word or two from time to time); I thought it was time to revisit OVR and #59 was the current one.
This #59 was even better than I recall any of the earlier Lot#'s being. Jake&Scot now own the old GibsonRanch (formerly McDowellVllyVnyd), one of Calif's great vnyd treasures. I suspect there are some GibsonRanch grapes in this Lot59. It speaks very strongly of Zin and isa stupid/silly price for a Zin this good.
I would comment, though, that the Marietta WebSite (www.MariettaCellars.com
) is pretty lame. It's pretty devoid of any real content. They could do better...much better.