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Rockpile Winery Mauritson Zinfandel Rockpile Cemetery Vineyard 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

The Cemetery block gets its name from the unusual outcropping of rock at the bottom of the vineyard that resembles giant headstones. On top of being planted in serpentine and shale, this block has the disadvantage of straddling the Rogers Creek fault, one of the more active earthquake faults in Northern California. With a southwestern sun exposure, 15 to 20 degree slope, and the previous mentioned soil, the wine is everything you might expect; intense, powerful, and complex.

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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 growing conditions of the 2008 vintage were unique: the first ever frost in Rockpile, a moderately cool summer, and an extreme heat wave in the middle of September. The resulting fruit was amply ripe but without the massive tannins that the Cemetery Vineyard has become known. The nose is everything you have come to expect from this vineyard: black fruit, complemented by hints of oak and spice. Lush and full on the front palate, the tannins are supple and round throughout. The blackberry cobbler flavors linger before the spice of this vineyard shows itself. The 2008 vintage is characterized by its great acidity which contributes to a near perfect finish! While more approachable than previous vintages, this wine will continue to age beautifully for the next 4-5 years.

The Cemetery block gets its name from the unusual outcropping of rock at the bottom of the vineyard that resembles giant headstones. On top of being planted in serpentine and shale, this block has the disadvantage of straddling the Rogers Creek fault, one of the more active earthquake faults in Northern California. With a southwestern sun exposure, 15 to 20 degree slope, and the previous mentioned soil, the wine is everything you might expect; intense, powerful, and complex.

357 cases produced.

Aged 18 months in French Oak.

Aged 18 months in American Oak.

Notes: 50% French 50% American

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 15.9%

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