95 Points, Less than 25 Bucks: 2018 Marietta Cellars Christo Red Blend

95 Points, Less than 25 Bucks: 2018 Marietta Cellars Christo Red Blend

The fine folks at Marietta Cellars are on a hot streak with their most current releases. Their 2018 Christo, a Syrah-driven red blend, scored 95 points with Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, and it comes to you at less than $25!

For over 40 years, the Bilbro family have been making big, bold, and value-priced California wines. All of their wines have always offered maximum QPR, but these latest releases have really upped the ante. We bought our distributor out on this one.....act fast if you want to get some! 

Marietta Cellars Christo

2018 Marietta Cellars Christo Red Blend 

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 94 points James Suckling

 

ORDER NOW in our online store. We will apply deal pricing once we receive your order.

Let's start with that Wine Advocate review, as it will give you a perfect sense of what's in the bottle. "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."

Sounds good right? Trust me, it is, but what makes this wine even cooler is that it is Scott Bilbro's ode to his father Chris. Marietta founder Chris Bilbro was affectionately called Christo by his great-aunt Marietta. This blend is largely Syrah from the McDowell estate, blended with Petite Sirah from the Angeli Estate and Grenache from the Yorkville Highlands Estate.

The pig snout on the label is both a reminder of Chris's famed wild boar sausage, which he used to bring with him on sales calls, but it's also a reminder to enjoy this wine with your favorite pork barbecue. Sadly, Chris passed away in 2019, but his son Scott carries on the Marietta legacy.

These days, the Bilbros own 310 acres spread throughout the Alexander Valley, the McDowell Valley, and the Yorkville Highlands, and all of their vineyards are farmed organically. That's a lot of land to handle and as acreage goes up, organics becomes harder, more expensive, and more labor intensive, but Scott truly believes in being a steward of the land. He also thinks it makes better tasting wine. I concur!

There's not much left to say. If you know the Marietta style, you know it's a style marked by ripe and decadent fruit balanced by zesty acids and tannic backbone. Translated, this one is rich and lush yet its got a ton of cellar and/or food-pairing potential.

Like I said before, this is a wine that shines with North Carolina bbq. It's also mighty tasty by itself, and it's about the cheapest way to get 95 point-rated California wine in your glass. Act fast, this will be gone in no time.

ORDER NOW in our online store. We will apply deal pricing once we receive your order.

Josh Spurling
Owner, Operator, Wine Monger
Table Wine Asheville