93pts Wine Enthusiast
Bright, lively black-cherry and raspberry flavors light up this well-balanced, well-focused and charming wine. It doesn't lack for tannins and does feel full bodied, but pure fruit flavors and the zippy mouthfeel keep it light on its feet. Small amounts of Petite Sirah and Barbera were added in. JIM GORDON
92pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Barbera, the 2020 Román Zinfandel has a medium ruby-purple color and aromatic layers of raspberry, red cherry, rhubarb, aniseed and lilac with touches of iron and orange peel. The medium-bodied palate is gently chewy, with tart, juicy fruits and a spicy finish.
92pts James Suckling
Aromas of red cherries, nutmeg, black pepper and blackberries. Medium-to full-bodied with some silky tannins. There is some nice spice here which is well married to the crushed red fruit and berries. Chocolate finish. 92% zinfandel, 4% petite sirah and 4% barbera.
Valley. Bursting with black cherry, this Zinfandel shows a clear, pure expression of fruit with a warm, broad note of sage and delicate rose petal adding complexity.Pleasantly grippy and vibrant across the palate, the richness is balanced by a piquant fore-mouth focus. Notes of pie crust and cedar bring a sweet spiciness. This wine is bright, clean, and refreshing, without any heaviness. It pairs wonderfully with food and, thanks to its acid, can handle savory, sweet, or even rich, meaty fare.
The Román Zinfandel pairs well with pizzas, pastas, grilled foods, and tangy, smoky barbecue sauces.
Named after cellarmaster Román Cisneros who has worked at Marietta for over 32 years, this Estate Zinfandel is from the Angeli estate vineyard in Alexander Valley and the McDowell Valley estate vineyard. 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. The Virgin of Guadalupe on the label is a nod to Roman’s dedication, selflessness, and sacrifice, both for the Bilbro family and his own. It is also a nod to the Mexican-American heritage of Roman and many of Marietta’s crew members.