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Marietta Christo Rhone Blend 2018


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Treasure family. Our Family Series recognizes those in our lives who have helped us become who we are: Christo, our Rhône varietal blend honoring Marietta’s founder and first winemaker, a beloved man who honored a profusion of people over decades through his wines, and a passionate lover of Syrah; Armé Cabernet Sauvignon, in homage to Marietta’s husband, an Old School Italian who taught Christo to hunt and fish the tributaries and foothills that are now home to the grapes we farm for his wine; and Román Zinfandel, a salute to our Cellar Master, Román Cisneros, who built his legacy from the ground up through more physical work than anyone could ever match, and ultimate dedication to his family and ours.

Christo (as his Great-Aunt Marietta called him) is crafted in honor of my father. This California grown Rhône varietal blend is focused and piquant with a smack of black pepper, lifted by the scent of dried roses. It surges with ripe Rainier cherries, a touch of dark chocolate, and a depth of black tea and licorice, delivering both power and balance with a seemingly endless finish.

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Christo is made up of 60% Syrah, 24% Grenache, 12% Petite Sirah and 4% Viognier. Vibrant ruby-purple in color, the nose offers pure scents of crushed red, black and blue berries, tobacco, violets, tar and smoked meats. The palate is full-bodied and packed full of perfectly ripe, juicy fruit, with a grainy frame and loads of uplift on the finish. (EB) Inner quote mark (6/2021)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Very attractive aromas of blackberry, sweet tobacco and wet earth follow through to a full body with a round, soft texture. Smoke, tar and graphite notes. Flavorful finish. 60% syrah, 24% grenache, 12% petite sirah and 4% viognier. Inner quote mark (7/2021)

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