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Port Lot One

Port Lot One Wine Details
Price: $20.00 per bottle

Description: With the Marietta Port Lot One, winemaker Chris Bilbro begins a new tradition for Marietta Cellars. Following in the footsteps of the Old Vine Red “lot system,” a port will now be released periodically. The release will not be vintaged however, allowing for maximum blending ability, which in turn yields the greatest levels of consistency from one “lot” to the next. Lot One is a limited production blend consisting of Touriga, Souzao, Tinta Cao, Alvarlhao, Bastardo, and Zinfandel. Aged in new and seasoned French oak, it is not as sweet as traditional Portugese and Australian styles. With more of an emphasis on ripe, rich fruit, the nose offers deep, lush aromas. The mouth follows suit with a syrupy feel that drips with lingering jammy port and a subtle hint of toasty oak flavors.

Varietal Definition
Zinfandel is a variety of red grape planted in over 10 percent of California wine vineyards. DNA fingerprinting revealed that it is genetically equivalent to the Croatian grape Crljenak Kaštelanski, and also the Primitivo variety traditionally grown in the 'heel' of Italy. It is typically made into a robust red wine. Its taste depends on the ripeness of the grapes from which it is made. Red berry fruits like raspberry predominate in wines from cooler areas such as the Napa Valley, whereas blackberry, anise and pepper notes are more common in wines made in warmer areas such as Sonoma County. Many Zinfandels come from head pruned ‘Old Vines’. ‘Old Vine’ is generally understood to mean a vine that is more than 50 years old and that produces less than three tons per acre. ‘Head Pruning’ is an old European style of pruning that trains the vine into the shape of a goblet. It requires no wires or other complex trellis systems. Head pruning spreads the fruit uniformly along the vine and allows light penetration.In the USA a semi-sweet Rosé (blush-style) wine called ‘White Zinfandel’ has achieved widespread popularity. In fact, this popularity has so outstripped all other forms that many fans think there is actually a grape called “White Zinfandel” (there isn’t)!


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