Marietta Cellars

Old Vine Rosé 2021

California, United States

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Marietta’s Old Vine Rosé is a perfect extension of the Old Vine series. Made in a Provençale, direct-press style from some of the oldest Syrah and Grenache vines in California, it is fresh, nuanced, and perfectly balanced to enjoy with food or on its own. As always with the “OVR” wines, it delivers a lot more substance and pleasure than you could expect.


The fruit for this wine comes from Marietta’s McDowell Valley estate, which is renowned for Rhône varietals and home to some of the oldest Syrah and Grenache Gris in California. These unique vines are six feet tall, head-trained, and dry farmed. This vineyard, in a valley surrounded by mountains, benefits from the cold sink that ensures cools nights and preserves acidity and freshness.


75% Syrah and 25% Grenache (some of which is Grenache Gris) is hand-harvested early in the season and whole-cluster pressed before stainless steel fermentation. Aged in neutral oak barrels for 3 months with weekly lees stirring softens the edges of this bright and vibrant rosé.

Tasting Note

Pale pink with amazing clarity and a touch of neon electricity in the glass, this rosé shows pink grapefruit and tart plum on the nose. It is bright and racy, balancing acid and minerality to create a long and complete mouthfeel. A brilliant palate cleanser which freshens, sharpens, and is the perfect way to start 2022 with heightened focus.

Food Pairing

Pair the Old Vine Rosé with grilled vegetables, lemony shrimp, simply prepared salmon, chicken, and light pasta dishes.



Grape Varieties

Grenache, Grenache Gris, Syrah


California, United States


The Old Vine Rosé is made from 100% estate fruit, all of which is organically farmed



Suggested Retail Price



Wine Enthusiast - July 6, 2022 October 2022 Issue

"Zippy acidity"

Wine Advocate - July 15, 2022 "Medium cherry pink in color, the 2021 Old Vine Rosé has deep scents of yellow peaches, watermelon and red cherries with touches of stone and potpourri. The palate boasts concentrated, fruity flavors balanced by zippy acidity, and it finishes with pretty orange peel accents. This is such a delicious rosé! It's made up of co-fermented Grenache Gris, Grenache Noir and Syrah." - E.B. 7/22

"Snappy Mouthfeel"

Wine Enthusiast - August 15, 2022 "A lively texture and very fresh, light raspberry and strawberry flavors make this wine a standout. It shows great balance, a snappy mouthfeel and mouthwatering finish." - J.G. 8/22

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