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Mauritson Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 vintage was more reminiscent of a traditional European harvest than it was California. It was a relatively cool growing season with the exception of a couple of heat spikes towards the end of the harvest. The crop was average in size which, coupled with the cool weather, gave us great hang time. The fruit ripened between the middle of March and late October with the Merlot being picked first and our Alexander Valley Cabernet coming in last. The resulting wines have bright fruit, round tannins and balanced acidity.

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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:

The 2008 Mauritson Sonoma County Cabernet is dense and expressive in the nose. Dark fruit is complemented by aromas of tobacco, cassis, vanilla and hints of mineral. The complex aromatics stem from the amazing diversity of the four Bordeaux varietals used in the blend. On the front palate, the wine is both juicy and serious with the lush fruit giving way to tobacco and sweet oak. With more Merlot than previous vintages, the wine has round tannins with soft edges. There is nothing astringent or overpowering about the wine, yet the delicacy and complexity can not fully be appreciated until after the last sip is gone. The cooler vintage yielded wines with balanced acidity making the wines very food friendly and cellarable for the next 5-7 years.

The 2008 vintage was more reminiscent of a traditional European harvest than it was California. It was a relatively cool growing season with the exception of a couple of heat spikes towards the end of the harvest. The crop was average in size which, coupled with the cool weather, gave us great hang time. The fruit ripened between the middle of March and late October with the Merlot being picked first and our Alexander Valley Cabernet coming in last. The resulting wines have bright fruit, round tannins and balanced acidity.

1957 cases produced.

Notes: 90% French 10% American


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