Rockpile Winery Mauritson Zinfandel Rockpile Cemetery Vineyard 2008
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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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.
357 cases produced.
Aged 18 months in French Oak.
Aged 18 months in American Oak.
Notes: 50% French 50% American
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