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Marietta Cellars 'Christo' Lot 1 Rhone Blend
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Marietta Cellars 'Christo' Lot 1 Rhone Blend

 
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"A new offering from Jake and Scott Bilbros is the non-vintage Christo Lot #1, a Rhône Ranger blend of 69% Syrah, 12% Petite Sirah, 18% Grenache and 1% Viognier. A killer wine, it offers peppery, cured meat, blackberry, black currant and Provençal herb characteristics in its full-bodied, earthy, deep, chewy, powerful personality. It delivers both flavor and value in incredible proportions. Drink now-2019+.

The Bilbro brothers, Jake and Scott, have taken over for father, ... read more
Item ID: #17046
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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Robert Parker 92
"A new offering from Jake and Scott Bilbros is the non-vintage Christo Lot #1, a Rhône Ranger blend of 69% Syrah, 12% Petite Sirah, 18% Grenache and 1% Viognier. A killer wine, it offers peppery, cured meat, blackberry, black currant and Provençal herb characteristics in its full-bodied, earthy, deep, chewy, powerful personality. It delivers both flavor and value in incredible proportions. Drink now-2019+.

The Bilbro brothers, Jake and Scott, have taken over for father, Chris, who is still very much involved, but the newer generation has the responsibility and ownership of Limerick Lane Cellars, where they have done an amazing job within a few short years."

"Full-bodied yet surprisingly soft, this mouth filling wine offers plenty of thick, juicy black fruits and pepper with intense notes of blueberries, lavender, and dried flowers. There’s not a hard edge, but the wine is intense and richly textured. There’s an earthy, volcanic aroma of tar, smoke, and juicy, ripe blueberry notes." ~Winery notes

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I grew up watching my dad do magic. Never with cards or sleight of hand, instead, he would transform cardboard wine boxes into suits of armor for my brothers and I, or make up stories on the spot about rusted out cars in the river and turn them into broken down steeds of long gone errant knights. All of us kids would listen to him, fascinated, he had a way of casually turning the everyday, the routine, into something special. Meals were simple but sourced from the garden and eaten outside at sunset. There were multiple hour sessions of hide and seek in the winery that involved crazy ingenuity: building a wine pallet around an empty space to lie hidden or getting wrapped up in a sleeping bag before hiding in a freezer with the door propped open...

That is how I learned to make wine. Watching my dad cook ribs that were sweet but spicy and blending together a fruity Zinfandel and a hefty Petite Sirah so that it would go better with dinner. Everything was transformed to become something better. Creativity and possibility reigned supreme. I started here at Marietta a week after graduating from UC Davis with in depth scientific and technical training. Plonked down in the middle of the cellar, I was uncertain and tentative but my dad gave me lots of room and I repurposed machinery, built out the winery, and showed up day after day just trying to make a contribution by following my gut .Ten years later, dad is retired and I learned along the way how to make wine by magic. The science is still important: there are times when yeast needs to be fed, oxygen's interaction with the wine is still crucial, temperature ranges will make or break a fermentation... but, the real magic happens in quiet moments. After a ridiculously long day of harvesting when everyone is gone, walking the cellar between tanks full of bubbling, fermenting wine with the overhead lights off, doing one last temperature check on each tank with the palm of the hand. Thinking about the tons of grape skins, the trainloads of sugar, the massive accumulation of man-hours represented in each tank... turning dark and rich... the possibility in that cellar is palpable.
We are still performing magic here at Marietta. This second-generation winery continues to transform hard work, a blessed climate, special pieces of land, and belief into beautiful liquid expressions of family and place.

-Scot Bilbro, Owner/Winemaker

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