Press Democrat Wine of the Week, Old Vine Red Lot 72

Hot off the press: Marietta Cellar’s classic Californian blend Old Vine Red, Lot 72 was honored as North Bay newspaper The Press Democrat’s ‘Wine of the Week’.

“4 stars. This red blend is approachable, with a smooth texture and layered aromas and flavors — strawberry, black raspberry, licorice and white pepper. A steal for the price and a terrific party red to buy in bulk for the holiday festivities.”

Read the entire article from the Press Democrat below. Way to go team!

Wine of the week: ovr, old vine red, lot no. 72

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“The holiday party, put on hold last year, is making a comeback as we make our way out of the pandemic with cautious optimism.

With this newfound revelry in mind, we did a blind tasting of inexpensive party reds to set you up with a tasty lineup for your celebrations.

The winner of the tasting is the OVR, Old Vine Red, NV, Lot No. 72, Geyserville, by Marietta Cellars, at $15. This red blend is approachable, with a smooth texture and layered aromas and flavors of strawberry, black raspberry, licorice and white pepper. It’s a steal for the price and a terrific party red to buy in bulk for the holiday festivities.

As for the OVR, winemaker Scot Bilbro said it’s a modern homage to traditional California field blends.

“The brainchild of my father and Marietta’s founder, Chris Bilbro, this wine is the result of carefully blended fermentations of separate varietals from multiple vintages,” he said. “By combining bright zinfandel that has been aging for one year with savory syrah that has seen two years of barrel age, and dense, velvety petite sirah that has matured for three years in neutral oak, we’re able to make a delicious, complex wine that is as fun to make as it is to drink.”

With his family making wine for four generations, Bilbro said the OVR sets a high bar.

“The Old Vine Red has to sing,” he said. “As one of the originators of the red blend category, it needs to showcase real quality and also be delicious right now.”

There are no rules when crafting this blend, Bilbro said. Every year, it’s brand new.

“Every lot of OVR is unique,” he said. “We don’t follow a recipe or work towards prescribed wine chemistry. So we’re constantly playing with style, balance and heft. With Lot 72, we found a beautiful tension between brightness and weight as well as fruit and savory expression.”

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About the OVR Series: Seek out simple pleasures. The OVR Series represents our dedication to producing quality wines that are balanced, textured, delicious, and perfect for everyday enjoyment. Featuring our historic Old Vine Red, our Old Vine Riesling, and our Old Vine Rosé, this collection complements life’s simple pleasures, transforming the everyday into something special.