Great New Zinfa

Posted in Uncategorized by hvine on August 10, 2017 No Comments yet

Delicious new wine from a Zinfandel Legend…

Marietta Cellars returns to their Zinfandel roots with this incredible first vintage of “ROMAN”

Zinfandel “Roman”
North Coast, CA 2015

A blend of 84% Zinfandel, 11% Petite Sirah and 5% Barbera, aged for 12 months in neutral barrels, the 2015 Zinfandel Roman sports a deep garnet-purple color and nose of black plums, blackberries and licorice with touches of tar, charcoal, salami and Indian spices. Full-bodied with firm, slightly rustic tannins, it offers great fruit expression in the mouth with freshness and purity coming through on the long finish.
Robert Parker
90 points

What is all the fuss about?

Few grapes in the world tell the story that Zinfandel has to tell. The grape arrived to this country in the suitcases of the throngs of early Italian immigrants seeking a new life farming crops in Northern California. These were not trained winemakers. They were farmers, growing plums, apples and almonds but they always planted a vineyard wherever they went to make wine for personal consumption and while many grapes matriculated to the Golden State there is no question that the most beloved among them was Zinfandel. These early wines were rich and fruity and even in many cases in the early days, sweet to the taste of humble pioneering farmers seeking a satisfying red after a hard days work. While Cabernet Sauvignon will always garner the accolades in the landscape of great Californian wines, Zinfandel is the workhorse and perhaps America’s most significant contribution to world’s wine landscape. Plenty of places make great Cab, only Cali makes great Zin. What you may not know is that most of the best Zins are blends as is the wine we are excited to launch today, Marietta Cellars “Roman”.

Marietta Cellars is one of those wineries that has honestly never made a bad wine and what’s more impressive is that they have been doing it for 40 years!!! We love the Bilbro family, owners and operators of Marietta Cellars and have been following them a long time so when they released a new wine, we were scratching and clawing to get a taste. Marietta’s “Angeli Cuvee”, an artful blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignan has long been a staple in the Zin-loving community and with the newest addition “Roman”, named for their winemaker the last 30 years, they have added another great Zinfandel to their portfolio that may very well prove even more popular than it’s big brother.
I simply cannot say enough about this new release which reveals both the intensity and power Zinfandel is so well appreciated for but also a graceful aromatic quality that is rarely ever found in these monstrous black wines. Treat yourself to a bottle of this new wine in its first vintage we have a feeling it is going to be a big hit based on our showing at last Tuesday’s tasting.

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