|Course||Pairing / Description||Wine|
Curry Chicken in a Basket
Plantain Chips with Mahi Mahi and Mango Salsa
Marietta Cellars takes great pride in their Old Vine Series. Anchored by Old Vine Red, it represents their dedication to producing quality wine that is concentrated, balanced, and delicious. For Marietta, wine is one of the simple pleasures that is part of enjoying food, community, and life. With rich aromatics of honey and apricot, this dry Riesling surprises with bright acid and a lean texture. Juicy, but clean and precise, this wine is wonderful with spicy, rich food yet also delicious on its’ own.
|Marietta Old Vine Riesling 2018
Micro Salad in Mariquita with Raspberry Vinaigrette
The Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red is a proprietary red wine made to replicate the field blends of many of the old vineyards in Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Predominantly comprised of Zinfandel, Old Vine Red combines pure fruit, a supple mouthfeel and a rich, solid structure. A groundbreaking combination of varietals and multiple vintages first produced in 1982, this wine has blazed the path for red blends for decades. With a historic underground following, it is one of the longest lasting and best-known red blends produced today. Marietta’s flagship NV Old Vine Red Lot Number 68 is a gorgeous wine to drink now and over the next few years, while the plummy red fruit and floral notes retain their freshness. Bright red cherry, plum, rose petal, mint and sweet pipe tobacco give this fresh, vinous red much of its inviting personality.
|Marietta Old Vine Red Lot 68
Pappardelle Pasta with Pepperonatta Sauce
Marietta Cellars Single Estate Series represents their purest expressions of place. Having worked with the fruit from tens of vineyards over the years, they have identified three special sites that they believe create extraordinary wine. Produced in limited quantities, these wines have ultra-developed acid and tannin profiles and achieve a beautiful balance of intense structure and bright aromatics. On the winery’s home estate at Angeli Ranch, Zinfandel enjoyed a cool August during the 2016 growing season until a heat spike threatened late in the month. Luckily, they had opted to avoid any severe leaf removal and thus had strong, healthy canopies which prevented any shriveling of the almost ripe fruit. This extended hang-time through the cool and then brief heat provided the opportunity to showcase a rich concentration of fruit with deep color and excellent balance. Marietta Cellars sits in the entrance to a small canyon off Alexander Valley. Known as Angeli Ranch after the family who originally settled here in 1886, this property’s vineyards connect gravel swales from the Russian River to terraced knolls invisible from the valley floor. The extremes of this site create a wine (96% Zinfandel, 2% Syrah, and 2% Petite Sirah) that is powerful but has surprising elegance and clarity.
|Marietta Angeli Cuvee 2016
Grilled Swordfish over Polenta Cake with Romanesco and Spicy Blueberry BBQ
Marietta Cellars history of family winemaking goes back four generations in Sonoma County. At current count, there have been seven different winemakers in the family. Each has had their own focus and style. The unifying elements have been family, hard work, passion and a love of the creative process that is winemaking. The Marietta Cellars Family Series consists of a Zinfandel, a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Rhône-style red wine. All three are carefully crafted from Estate Grown grapes from their properties in Northern Sonoma County, the McDowell and Hopland Valleys and the Yorkville Highlands. The 2015 growing season delivered variable weather during fruit set, which resulted in a smaller crop. While yields were down, quality was very high. The early harvest showcased full flavors and deep color extraction, and also allowed them to escape the punishing effects of mid-October rains. Marietta’s husband, Armé, lived, worked and fished throughout Alexander Valley, the Yorkville Highlands and the McDowell Valley. From their vineyards in those same valleys, they combine the best of what these sites offer to create a unique Cabernet Sauvignon. This approachable but incredibly serious wine is representative of excellent site selection possible only through covering miles of ground and constant thought and exploration. Like Armé, this wine (83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 6% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot) is refined with a slightly traditional style and is also robust, rich and fruit forward: evocative of modern Californian winemaking. The 2015 Armé is fabulous, not to mention a tremendous value. Grilled herbs, plums, blueberry jam, spice, mint and leather give the 2015 its nuance and complexity. Supple and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2015 hits all the right notes.
|Marietta Armé Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Chocolate and Raspberry Mousse
This intense, powerful wine (64% Syrah, 23% Grenache, 7% Petite Sirah, 6% Viognier) is grown mostly on Marietta Cellars’ McDowell Valley property which has a long history of championing Rhone varietals. The 2015 growing season delivered variable weather during fruit set, which resulted in a smaller crop. While yields were down, quality was very high. The early harvest showcased full flavors and deep color extraction, and also allowed them to escape the punishing effects of mid-October rains. Co-fermented with Viognier, the Syrah expresses violet, tar, and rich earth. Petite Sirah from Alexander Valley brings chewy bitter chocolate, while Grenache grown at 1400 feet elevation in the Yorkville highlands keeps the wine bright and juicy. The 2015 Christo is full-bodied and fleshy, dark and brooding yet silky and smooth. Beautiful blackberry fruit, peppery herbs, underbrush, and a hint of olive all give way to a plump, textured beauty that shines for its charm, texture, and pleasure-bent style.
|Marietta Christo Red Rhone Blend 2015