Marietta Cellars 'Christo' 'Lot 3' Rhone Blend NV
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Wine Advocate 91
"There are approximately 12,000 cases of the NV Christo Lot 3, which is a hedonistic blend of Grenache, Syrah, Petite Sirah and a touch of Viognier to uplift the aromatics. This is, again, aged in neutral oak for two years and a blend of three vintages: 2011, 2012 and 2013. This is my favorite of all of these wines – a wine of exceptional purity and intensity and plenty of character, as ... read more
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Item ID: #18343
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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Wine Advocate 91
"There are approximately 12,000 cases of the NV Christo Lot 3, which is a hedonistic blend of Grenache, Syrah, Petite Sirah and a touch of Viognier to uplift the aromatics. This is, again, aged in neutral oak for two years and a blend of three vintages: 2011, 2012 and 2013. This is my favorite of all of these wines – a wine of exceptional purity and intensity and plenty of character, as this one is 70% Syrah and the rest the other three grapes. It tips the scales at a lofty 15.3% alcohol, but it’s well hidden behind a cascade of blackberry and cassis fruit, roasted meats, steak tartare, licorice and Provençal herbs. It’s a big boy, and that’s exactly the way they want it. This wine should drink well for 7-8 years, but it’s meant to be consumed in its exuberant youthfulness."
The Bilbro family, father and two sons Jake and Scot, continue to turn out somewhat contrarian styles of wines, non-vintage, but loaded with flavor and personality. Tel. (707) 433-2747; www.mariettacellars.com

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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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Reviews (13)

Irwin

Outstanding for the price

"One of my favorite everyday wines. I thought Lot 1 was very good but I believe Lot 3 is even better probably because the blend has a little more petit Syrah. Love this blend."

Luis

Depth and length

"If you drink now, let it breathe. This should be amazing in a few years"

Jun

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Andrea

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Rob

Very nice wine!

"Full bodied with smooth finish. A taste of sweetness but not overpowering."

Jefferson

Delicious Rhone blend

"Delicious Rhone blend. Nice fruit with adequate structure. Highly drinkable."

Jennifer

Great wine...Big and dry...

Nariaki

Good Solid Wine, we love it!!

Richard

Excellent Big n Bold Loved It !!!

Kelly

Marietta Christo Lot 2

"Amazing wine for the price. One of the best wines I have had at less then 20.00 dollars a bottle. Taste better then many more expensive wines."

Sean

Velvety and delicious

Robert
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