Mauritson Wines Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2008
93 points Connoisseurs' Guide: ...this deep, impressively extracted wine embraces high ripeness, but 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... should age famously. (Sep 2010)
Smells very fruity. Too tart for my taste, with a distinct bite.
blackberry/jam aromas, some vanilla, silky milk chocolate notes very fruit forward with a slight spice on the finish, some heat, and full bodied. enjoyable
Fungal syrupy nose. Chalky dry tart mouth. Nice black cherry fruit. Very nice.
Very tart, with lots of darkfruit and cocoa flavors. The finish was a bit spicy, but still a very easy-drinking wine.
Somehow reminds me of a thumbprint cookie: buttery, jammy, tasty!
Nice aroma of dried fruit (apricots?), with a bright, light taste.
External Reviews for Mauritson Wines Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley
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.
A little sweet with the glycerine of high alcohol, and there may be some residual sugar. That gives the raspberry, cherry and blackberry fruit a jelly-jam richness, with nuances of chocolate, anise liqueur and toast. Drink now.
A lovely zinfandel, classic and balanced, with an elegant tannin-acid structure. Shows typical Dry Creek Valley spices and briar, in addition to ripe blackberry, cherry, currant, Dr. Pepper cola and tobacco flavors.
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.
Mauritson was yet another of the outstanding Zinfandels from 2007. The wine is garnet in color, with a nose that is well balanced and herbaceous. Also, there are smoky notes of chocolate and raspberry. Continuing on to the palate, you are greeted by dark fruit and mint with less acidity than you might expect, creating a very plush mouthfeel with dusty tannins. Pink peppercorn and anise round out the flavors and are present mostly on the finish. Pair this elegant yet well-structured Zin with chicken livers and bleu cheese.
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