Our old vine OVR Rose is a welcome blast from the past that reaches back almost as far as the birth of the Wine of the Month Club itself. It is made by the Marietta Winery in Mendocino, California, founded in 1978 by Chris Bilbro. They were responsible for one of the most heralded wines from California, Marietta Old Vine Red, a frequent selection of the Wine of the Month Club.
Chris's son, Scott Bilbro, now runs the show with the same dedication and commitment as his father. He has some big shoes to fill, but it's evident that they fit quite well.
Chris's Italian heritage is a vital part of his family tree. As a child, Scott spent a lot of time with his great aunt Marietta. It was Marietta herself who brought her home country's wine heritage with her to America and passed her knowledge on to her descendants.
Our selection is a blend of equal parts Grenache and Syrah, which is pretty much a mirror of the great Roses of the Rhone Valley. That kinship goes deep here, as the McDowell Valley, where Marietta Winery lives, was one of the first areas to plant Grenache and Syrah in California.
Our selection is picked from some of the state's oldest plantings of these two grapes. As a result, the flavors are unmatched in intensity.The grapes are lightly crushed to allow just a few hours of skin contact to color the juice. They are then left to finish fermenting so that the full impact of the grapes can come out. The result is a stream of flavors from mint candy to peach and lemon zest, finishing with a flourish.