Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot Number 48 While I’m engaged in working on a review of the Tom Bihn Aeronaut, I thought I’d pass this along – a red blend (primarily zinfandel) from  California winery Marietta Cellars.

Robert Parker awarded this NV blend 87 points; at Cork’d it’s only been reviewed once, but received 91 points; at epinions it received two ratings, both 5 stars. I’d score it a solid 88-89; characterized by a dark ruby color and aromas of berries and spice, it’s very drinkable with a long finish with moderate tannins. We had it with a meal that ranged from seafood bisque to a greens/beets/pepperoni (!) compression salad to beef, and it held up very well.

A number of online wine merchants offer this wine for ~$10.  K&L offers it at $9.99; the highest price I’ve seen is $15.

At ten bucks it’s quite a bargain.

P.S. I continue to be amazed at how extraordinary the pinots from Sojourn Cellars are.  If you are a Pinot Noir lover, you need to check out Sojourn.   They released their 2007 wines a few weeks ago; I’ve had the ’07 Sonoma Coast pinot and it is wonderful.  This is a 94-95 point wine which should cellar well for several years and is terrific now. Here’s the review at K&L:

95 points in the Pinot Report: “Medium ruby color; bit shy on the nose now; rich, ripe core of dark cherry fruit; complex, spicy, notes; silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Delicious, lush Pinot with amazing flavor. Deep core flavors really have a long way to go.” (01/09) The Sonoma Coast has that deep rich nose that pulls you in and never lets you out. This is the “value wine” but even at $35 this is twice the wine of so many other California producers. It is crafted from four vineyard sources including Sangiacomo and Windsor Oaks. Even more balanced and refined than last year, the layers keep coming with strawberry, raspberry, pain grille and forest floor.

Price at the website is $32.40 per bottle.  That is not inexpensive, I know, but if you are looking for something for a special occasion or get together, this could be it.

Wines are available by allocation at the website…

…you can check it out here:  Sojourn Cellars

Here’s a video of Craig Haserot of Sojourn at Pinot Days in NYC; the tasting begins at about midway through the video:

By the way, if you enjoy wine, check out my related post, 4 Solid Reasons for Buying Wine Online

The Fine Print:  I have no connection with either of the wineries mentioned here.

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2 Comments on Parker 87 pt. red, $9.99: Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot Number 48

  1. Kate Stone says:

    Agree on the Marietta. I discovered it about two years ago and have watched its popularity and price rise. It was $12.99 here in Santa Fe, NM and has zoomed to $14.99. I just tried a nice Cab from Novella, a Central Coast vineyard, only available at Trader Joe’s and very inexpensive. In fact, I am purposely looking to buy Central Coast wines right now and Joe’s has many of them.


    Kevin Reply:

    Kate, Thanks for stopping by! I know Applejacks in Denver has it for ~$10; plus K&L’s bottle price is $9.99 – I’m not sure if they offer a case discount. In any event, at ten bucks it’s a steal.


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