Friday, September 11, 2015

Review: *** $ Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red, Lot 62, California, non-vintage = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red, Lot 62, California, non-vintage, a primarily zinfandel-based blend finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled in September, 2015.

Inspired by this wine:  Flames are leaping in the outdoor fireplace, and we're wrapped in wool for the cool night.

In the glass: Deep burgundy brick.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft tannin and oaks layers of ripe blackberry and cherry pipe tobacco.  From the aroma, seems like this will be soft, sweet and luxurious.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much as suggested by the nose, bringing sweet round dark berry fruit, but with a tighter acid wrap than anticipated.  Curls slightly into your cheeks for the finish, which is bright, lengthy and clean.

In summary: Overall, rates an easy three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale and is a best value when acquired at competitive price points.

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