89pts Jeb Dunnuck
Based on Syrah, Grenache, Petite Sirah, and Viognier, the 2017 Christo has a ripe, forward, pleasure-bent style that carries lots of mulled black fruits, licorice, chocolate, and roasted herb-like aromas and flavors. It's a powerful mouthful of fruit to drink over the coming 3-4 years.
A huge expression of tar, cocoa powder, violets and structure, this Syrah-based wine is brightened by vibrant Grenache, lengthened by Petite Sirah, and lifted aromatically via co-fermentation with Viognier. Named and styled after Marietta’s founder, Chris Bilbro, this wine is gentle but powerful, pleasurable but deep, and refined while raw.
Blend: 63% Syrah, 28% Grenache, 6% Petite Sirah, 3% Viognier