The last time I tried the Lot series of Marietta was back in 2005, and it was only my second wine review on this site. I found myself thinking recently, "I really need to give that another shot." The idea kept bugging me, and I picked up a bottle a few days ago. Upon bringing it home, I threw it in the cellar, only to discover that a month ago I'd had the same idea and bought a bottle of the exact same wine.
First up in this Marietta review is the NV Marietta Old Vine Red Lot #47. $13, 13.5% abv, comprised of a proprietary blend of Zinfandel, Carignane, Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
I poured the bottle into a decanter (though I've used an iced tea pitcher in the past), and let it breathe for about two hours before tasting. Aromas of blackberries, plums, chocolate, with a lovely plum and pastry flavor. There's a lot of this dark berry, full-fruit business going on with red wines these days, but occasionally you get one that reminds you of a slice of toast and jam from your childhood, or of a plum tart eaten during the holidays.
I had it with a beef filet marinated in a chipotle sauce. Good and spicy while not overpowering the wine or the steamed vegetables.
Later I tried the 2004 Alexander Valley Petite Sirah, $17, 76% Petite Sirah, 22% Syrah, 2% Viognier. I was hanging out with my friend Paul, and I'll once again apologize for not only spilling a glass on his carpet but also breaking the glass in the process. OxyClean and a steam cleaner got it out--no product placement here, it was seriously like magic. Despite the staining qualities, this PS was quite nice. Light cinnamon nose, with strong tannins and a full bodied flavor. Full prune, blueberry, and leather, as well as that dark quality one comes to love in Petite Sirah... and hate on carpets.