76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot
Winery notes (Lot #3)
"Marietta’s Husband, Armé, lived, worked and fished throughout Alexander Valley, the Yorkville Highlands, Hopland and McDowell Valleys. From our vineyards in those same areas, we bring the best of what these sites offer to create a unique Cabernet-based blend. With Malbec and Petit Verdot providing a structured, full, rich platform, Armé is a tribute not only to our Great Uncle, but also to the wide range of flavours that we now grow in the places he loved so much.
Armé has chewy, rich, concentrated flavours of classic black currant, cherries, smoke and earth, with fine tannins and a long structured finish. The nose elegantly combines aromas of spice-box, green olive and black licorice. Drink Now through 2030."
90/100 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Lot #3)
"Their newer non-vintage blends ratchet up the level of quality, such as the NV Arme Lot 3, a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot. This is a big Bordeaux blend, aged up to three years in neutral oak prior to being bottled. It’s a blend of three vintages, 2011, 2012 and 2013. All the fruit comes from not only their estate, but from many of their close friends located in Sonoma and Mendocino. The wine is a 6,000-case North Coast appellation, with elegant black cherry and blackcurrant fruit as well as tobacco leaf, cedar wood, licorice and earth. It’s medium to full-bodied, lush and succulent, which is their objective. Drink it over the next 5-7 years."
Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Lot #3)
"The NV Armé Lot 3, Marietta's Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend, is another wine that over delivers for its relatively modest price. Generous dollops of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec round out this dark, fleshy red. Brothers Jake and Scot Bilbro continue to carry on the family tradition of producing flavourful, affordable reds at Marietta. All of the wines are non-vintage, which provides an unusual level of flexibility in putting together the blends. Above all else, Marietta delivers superb value, something that is increasingly rare in today's world."