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Rhone Blend, "Christo" 2014

Marietta Cellars

Our winemaking is based on a unique blend of tradition and innovation, however, the backbone to everything that we do is hard work. Román Cisneros, our Cellar Master and employee of thirty years, embodies the heart and commitment that creates our wines. This Zinfandel is from our vineyards in Alexander Valley, McDowell Valley and the Yorkville Highlands. Made in Román’s favorite style, it is rich and lush with powerful structure. He unknowingly was instrumental in the blending and production of this wine. Before learning what the wine was to be named, he told us that it had replaced Christo as his new favorite house wine.

Country:
USA
Region:
North Coast
Vintage:
2014
Wine type:
Red
Grape:
60% Syrah, 22% Petite Sirah, 14% Grenache, 4% Viognier
Size:
750 mL
Rating:
91

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Aging:
Neutral oak barrels (18 months)
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Viticulture:
Traditional
Estate:
Yes
Alcohol percentage:
14.6
Closure:
Cork
Case production:
3000

Reviews

  • "91 points. The 2014 Christo Syrah, Grenache, Petite Sirah Blend is composed of 60% Syrah, 22% Petite Sirah, 14% Grenache and 4% Viognier, aged for 18 months in neutral barrels. Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose reveals lifted floral notes of fragrant violets over baked black cherries and raspberry preserves, plus Chinese five spice suggestions. Bold, buxom and full-bodied, the rich fruit is offset nicely by loads of freshness, supported by rounded tannins and finishing long." (Wine Advocate)
  • "90 points. The 2014 Christo, Marietta's Rhône blend, is bold, racy and juicy, all qualities that make it hard to resist. The Christo is the most exuberant and flamboyant of these reds. The blend is mostly Syrah, with some Petite Sirah, Grenache and Viognier. Sage, tobacco, menthol and licorice wrap around the juicy, exuberant finish." (vinous)

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