Mauritson Syrah Madrone Spring Vineyard 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

Our family’s Rockpile Ridge Vineyards are located at nearly 1,200 ft elevation in the Rockpile appellation. The Syrah is planted in the Madrone Spring block which is named after a year round spring that flows out of the roots of an old Madrone tree. This block receives minimal sun due to its eastern exposure. It is the last block harvested year in and year out and it shows in the complexity of flavor. We envisioned this site yielding a Northern Rhone style of Syrah and we have not been disappointed.

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Color: Red
Varietal: Syrah
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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

Tasting Notes:

In general, the 2008 vintage was cooler than the previous one. The Madrone Spring block, with its eastern sun exposure, survived the heat spell that we had in mid September, and as a result, we got an extra 3-4 weeks of hang time. The 2008 Syrah reminds me very much of the 2006: bright, vibrant, and complex. The nose is a mixture of a wild blueberry patch, a stroll through the lavender fields of Provence, and the rich mustiness of fresh cut prime beef. Restrained, yet focused on the palate, our Syrah is a proud relative of the elegant wines of the Northern Rhone region. The tannins are full without being overwhelming, the acid is perfectly balanced, and between every swish and swirl a seemingly endless array of flavors presents itself. It is the subtle nuances that amaze you about this wine. The finish is graceful and powerful, while at the same time, giving you insight as to how the wine will age for the next 5-7 years.

Our family’s Rockpile Ridge Vineyards are located at nearly 1,200 ft elevation in the Rockpile appellation. The Syrah is planted in the Madrone Spring block which is named after a year round spring that flows out of the roots of an old Madrone tree. This block receives minimal sun due to its eastern exposure. It is the last block harvested year in and year out and it shows in the complexity of flavor. We envisioned this site yielding a Northern Rhone style of Syrah and we have not been disappointed.

227 cases produced.

Aged 15 months in French Oak.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.8%

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