The Back Label E03 – Scot Bilbro, Marietta Cellars

Scot Bilbro is the owner and winemaker at Marietta Cellars, a California wine institution since 1978. Marietta farms nearly 400 acres of vineyards, including some of the oldest Grenache and Syrah plots in the country.

Elevator Pitch – Gibson Block Syrah

Made from the oldest Syrah vines in California, in the heart of the McDowell Valley AVA, this wine reflects the hidden property where it is grown – quiet, obscure and profound. Limited in production due to the unique grape source, this wine is built to enjoy with food.

Elevator Pitch – Game Trail Cabernet Sauvignon

From a high elevation site in the Yorkville Highlands with coastal influence and large diurnal shifts, the Game Trail Cabernet offers an intense, fragrant, savory, and fresh style of Cabernet that speaks of site and demands to be paired with food.

Elevator Pitch – Angeli Zinfandel

Known as Angeli Ranch after the family who originally settled there in 1886, the 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 that is powerful but has surprising elegance and clarity.

Elevator Pitch – Christo Red Blend

This Rhone varietal blend is gentle but powerful, pleasurable but deep, and refined while raw. An ode to Scot’s father and founder of Marietta Cellars, this blend is largely Syrah from the McDowell estate, blended with Petite Sirah from the Angeli Estate and Grenache from the Yorkville Highlands Estate.

Elevator Pitch – Armé Cabernet Sauvignon

Stylistically balanced between modern California and Old World, this wine is dense with fresh, dark fruit and tempered with a savory, earthy character.

Elevator Pitch – Román Zinfandel

One of the grape varieties that Marietta is famous for, this wine captures the bright, juicy character of Zinfandel, and hearkens to an era before dark, thick and oaky styles of Zinfandel took hold.

Elevator Pitch – OVR Riesling

Originally intended as a gift for Scot’s partner, Lisa, who is German, this bone dry style of Riesling became a fan favorite and permanent addition.

Elevator Pitch – OVR Rosé

Made in a Provençale, direct-press style from some of the oldest Syrah and Grenache vines in California, OVR Rosé is nuanced and perfectly balanced to enjoy with food or on its own.

Elevator Pitch – OVR Red

A groundbreaking combination of grape varieties and multiple vintages first produced in 1982, OVR has blazed the path for red blends for decades.