Marietta Cellars is located just outside the little town of Geyserville in one of California's premier wine growing regions, Sonoma County. Owner and winemaker Chris Bilbro initially founded Marietta Cellars in 1979 in an abandoned cow barn in the Dry Creek Valley. Over the last twenty-two years, Chris has developed a product of incredible consistency both in quality and price with relatively complete anonymity. The grapes are primarily from Sonoma and Mendocino County and grown in older, dry-farmed vineyards with limited production per acre. These are grapes that produce wines with the maximum concentration of fruit and complex flavors. The initial case production for Marietta Cellars' Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon was only about 3,000 cases combined. Today, case production nears 35,000. The wines currently produced are Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah, a proprietary blend called Old Vine Red, and a limited-quantity special blend called Angeli CuvÃ©e. Occasionally, a Port is added to the line-up. Marietta Cellars continues the tradition of family involvement. Chris' four sons are active in winery activities at various levelsâ€¦Jake, Scot, and Sam have more recently been joined by brother Lucas, who is now six. Marietta Cellars wines are sold in 48 states as well as Canada, Europe, Thailand, New Zealand, and Japan. Because of the limited production and allocation of the wines, there are no tours, tastings, or retail sales on the premises. The wines of Marietta Cellars are a personification of Chris Bilbro's personality, outlook on life, and general lifestyle. Chris believes that good wine is the perfect complement to good food and good friends. Pleasurable pursuits such as cooking, fishing, hunting, gardening, and entertaining add balance to the flavor of wine, as they do to life.
The 2009 vintage gave us an incredibly rich and complex wine. The nose is dense and dark with loads of blackberry, graphite, tobacco, and lavender. The secondary flavors will continue to evolve with some time, and they keep layering out while in the glass. The opaque dark ruby purple color ... more
Our 2010 Zinfandel is a pure expression of Sonoma County. We blend largely from our Alexan- der Valley ranch with doses of both Dry Creek Valley and Russian River Valley to give the final wine a broad spectrum. The nose is full of bright red and black raspberries followed by ... more
We have been making Old Vine Red, our proprietary Zinfandel based blend, for over three decades now. We always feel like we hit amazing consistency in the blend, but it rarely falls right into place like it did with Lot 57. Aromas of juicy and bright red fruits (cherries, raspberries, ... more
Wine which is produced and bottled under strict supervision and meets all standards to be certified Kosher.
Wine which is produced using organic practices and is free of all synthetic chemicals, antibiotics, hormones and pesticides.
Biodynamic designation is regulated by Demeter, an international certification organization. Biodynamic agriculture is based on the view of a farm as a self-contained organism. Certified organic vineyards must meet Demeter"s additional criteria for a period of one year before earning the designation "biodynamic."
Sustainable practices incorporate organic standards and may exceed them and include ecologically and socially sound business practices such as fair pay for farm workers and energy conservation.
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All wines naturally contain some sulfites, however wines that contain less than 10 parts per million sulfites are not required to include "Contains Sulfites" on their labels.
Wines that are still in the barrel and have yet to be bottled. Futures offer the opportunity to invest in a wine before it arrives in our store.
Like futures, pre-arrivals are wines that have not yet arrived on our shelves, however they may or may not be a new release. Pre-arrivals may already be bottled and en route to our store.
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