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Mauritson Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2014

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Floral and juicy on the nose, with the unfettered aromas of crushed berry fruit and fresh herbs. I love this purity, with clear-as-a-bell notes of raspberry, earth and light herb all presented in a juicy, plump yet medium-scaled wine that is so soft and pure. This does turn a little tannic on the finish, which shows a hint of soil-driven astringency, but it remains so precise and fresh it’s irresistible. 90 points

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Mauritson Family Winery:
With over 270 acres of estate vineyards and close relationships with longtime growers throughout Sonoma County, we are able to source and manage our favorite blocks from each vineyard throughout the growing season and select the most premium fruit during harvest.Each vineyard and appellation we source from carry particular qualities in either the terroir or the farming style that we look for wh... Read more
With over 270 acres of estate vineyards and close relationships with longtime growers throughout Sonoma County, we are able to source and manage our favorite blocks from each vineyard throughout the growing season and select the most premium fruit during harvest.Each vineyard and appellation we source from carry particular qualities in either the terroir or the farming style that we look for when considering a Mauritson wine release. Six generations of farming has taught us a few things about choosing premium fruit! Each harvest, the best from our 230 acres throughout the Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys is reserved for our Estate Wines. These wines, which include our signature Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon, showcase the fruit-forward, floral and spice-driven characteristics attributed to these appellations. Winemaking may have been the logical evolution in our family’s long history of farming in the Dry Creek Valley, however, it took an absence from the valley and attention to those inner voices that led Clay Mauritson back to these same vineyards that he spent planting, tending and picking as a teen. What he came to realize was that he already had a lifetime of understanding about the subtleties and strengths of each micro-climate within the Dry Creek, Rockpile and Alexander Valleys. The only thing left was to DREAM BIG! Tasting Room We are open daily from 10-5. Group Tasting by Appointment, Handicap Accessible, Picnic Facilities, Wine Tasting, Wine Tours by Appointment. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Mauritson Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 03/20/2013

Floral and juicy on the nose, with the unfettered aromas of crushed berry fruit and fresh herbs. I love this purity, with clear-as-a-bell notes of raspberry, earth and light herb all presented in a juicy, plump yet medium-scaled wine that is so soft and pure. This does turn a little tannic on the finish, which shows a hint of soil-driven astringency, but it remains so precise and fresh it’s irresistible. 90 points


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 11/02/2013

5% petite, 40% Rockpile fruit Black cherry and a little beefy on the nose with dusty and soil driven basenotes that show a little briar wood and a hint of smoked paprika. Very fresh and easy drinking in style with soft tannins and well integrated acids supporting juicy blackberry and black cherry fruits. The tannins are a little raw today, adding a bit of chewiness to the coca tinged finish but this is really fresh and fruit filled so give it three to six months to settle down. 88pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 02/26/2013

Floral, juicy unfettered crushed berry fruit on the nose is light but I love these fresh raspberry, earth and light herb aromas. In the mouth this is juicy and plump but medium scaled with a soft and pure feel that does turn a little tannic on the finish which shows a hint of soil driven astringency. Not powerful at all but lovely. 88pts


Member Reviews for Mauritson Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

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Snooth User: EMark
8478047,562
3.00 5
01/26/2018

Not the darkest color (plum) I’ve seen for a DCV Zin—noticeable light comes through. Red fruit (cherry) on entry which seems to accelerate mid-palate. That seems a tad unusual to me. This is a very soft wine. Not a rustic, brambly Zin. It does have good tannin. This is a likeable wine, but not my favorite Zinfandel. A lot of PN lovers may enjoy it, though.


Snooth User: EMark
8478047,562
3.50 5
Vintage: 2013 05/25/2015

Good berry aromas. Not surprisingly, those blackberry flavors are easily detected on the tongue. Also some acidic black plum flavor. Then there is some earthiness or even close to a metallic hint mid-palate. Fortunately, that fades quickly. Seriously tannic. A big mouth-filling Zin.


Snooth User: EMark
8478047,562
3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 06/28/2013

Quite dark color. Very full nose--blackberry, wood. Very fun on the palate. I don't really get the jamminess that a lot of Zins have, but there is certainly significant berry fruit. However, this is supported by firm tannins and nice acid. US$23.20 at the winery in Healdsburg


Snooth User: EMark
8478047,562
3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 11/11/2014

Big berry-filled nose—also, some earthiness. Quite pleasant on entry to the mouth—some blackberry flavor but not as big as aroma suggested. A little resinous wood. Some dusty earth. Not the most full-bodied Zin I’ve ever had, but an easy drinker.


Snooth User: sbr1105
1540658257
5.00 5
Vintage: 2011 12/03/2016

Add this bold favorite to your list this season. Bold, jammy and full of spice makes this a great match for your ham or beef choices this season.


Snooth User: sbr1105
1540658257
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 01/02/2017

I had this off a wine list at one of Donnie Wahlberg's restaurants in Hingham, MA. It was by the glass on the bar. I was amazed at how nice it was. It stands up to some of the best, my Brown, Cline, Rosenbaum, Ridge, should I go on. If you follow my Zin recommendations you will know this rates if I write about it.


Snooth User: pearish
93730717
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 09/30/2011

Light bodied, fairly smooth, a bit jammy, quite nice for the price. Not particularly long finish.


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External Reviews for Mauritson Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

External Review
Vintage: 2011 07/19/2013

The Mauritson Family has a farming history dating back to the 1860s, with such a rich and storied past, they produce some of the finest Zinfandel in Sonoma County. Big, deep and layered, this Zinfandel is impressive for its density and length.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 11/01/2013

Four and a half glasses


External Review
Vintage: 2009 07/13/2011

A Zinfandel wine from California in USA. 2009 Mauritson Zinfandel Dry Creek 750ml


External Review
Vintage: 2009 07/06/2011

Winemaker Notes - 93% Zinfandel, 7% Petite Sirah. The nose is full of dark fruits and a complex array of brooding flavors. Aromas of blackberry, minerals, cracked pepper, blueberry pie, and sweet oak mingle harmoniously. The front palate is full of ripe and juicy tannins. This Zinfandel has plenty of structure for those of you who would like to lay it down. However, the tannins are broad shouldered without sharp edges for those who want to drink it now. The finish persists long after the last sip is gone; a combination of the structure and balanced acidity that have become a Mauritson hallmark. Please enjoy the 2009 Dry Creek Zinfandel over the next 6-8 years. Barrel aged 11 months in 80% French and 20% American oak.


Vintage: 2008 11/12/2010

Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. There is no question but that this deep, impressively extracted wine embraces high ripeness, but it is far from being a simple study in late-harvest excess, for it is first and foremost defined by its concentrated blackberry fruit, and its accents of chocolate never threaten to be anything more. Its neatly placed oak adds just the right touch of sweet spice, and, if still a bit rough and raw at the finish, this is a rich and immensely flavorful offering that should age famously.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/23/2011

Rich and beautifully focused, with huckleberry and smoky licorice aromas and ripe, layered and balanced wild berry, sage and white pepper flavors. Drink now through 2014.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/17/2010

97% Zinfandel 3% Petite Sirah. The 2008 vintage was an interesting one to say the least. It all started at bud break when we realized that the crop was going to be about twenty five percent smaller than normal. Combine the low bunch counts with the worst frost in forty years a cooler than normal summer and an unprecedented heat spell in September and we had the makings of a very interesting year The good news is that the wines are beautiful. The bad news is that there are not a lot of them. Our production is off nearly forty percent. In a theoretical world the 2008 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel is like a mix of the 2006 and 2007 vintages. The nose is bright and centered. Aromas of ripe raspberry fresh picked blackberry cracked black pepper and sweet oak mingle harmoniously. On the palate you feel the effects of the cool summer. The wine is focused almost linear and displays an amazing elegance. The balanced acid lifts the fresh berry fruits on the palate and ensures the wine will age gracefully and pair extremely well with foods. Please enjoy the 2008 Dry Creek Zinfandel over the next 4-6 years. Winemaker Notes


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