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Rockpile Winery Mauritson Zinfandel Rockpile Rockpile Ridge Vineyards 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

Production: Approximately 857 cases Appellation: Rockpile Composition: 95% Zinfandel 5% Petite Sirah Vineyards: Rockpile Ridge Vineyard Alcohol: 15.5% by volume Aging: 14 months oak barrels 50% French 50% American Our Family’s Rockpile Ridge Vineyard is located at nearly 1,200 ft elevation in the Rockpile appellation. This vineyard has sweeping sun exposures from Southeast to Northwest. In 2006, we harvested fruit from all nine blocks of Zinfandel in the Rockpile Ridge Vineyard. We picked the blocks at different times and fermented them separately to insure the integrity and uniqueness of the individual blocks. Working with nine amazingly distinct blocks is a winemaking dream come true and is what makes our Rockpile Ridge Zinfandel so spectacular. The unusually cool summer of 2006 was a blessing for Zinfandel fans. While elegant and Rockpile are generally not heard in the same sentence, rest assured, this is the best of both worlds. The cool growing conditions yielded extraordinarily long hang times which translated to phenomenal complex and perfectly balanced wines. The bright nose of blackberry and ripe cherry are complimented by hints of vanilla, black pepper, and minerals. Vivid fruit dominates the front palate, giving way to soft and supple tannins. Pure and full bodied, with firm acidity, this wine will age gracefully for the next 3-7 years.

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

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Snooth User: rowingstone
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3.50 5
06/18/2009

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Rockpile Winery Mauritson Zinfandel Rockpile Rockpile Ridge Vineyards

External Review
Source: Sam's Wine
09/15/2009

In 2006 we harvested fruit from all nine blocks of Zinfandel in the Rockpile Ridge Vineyard. We pick the blocks at different times, and ferment these separately to insure the integrity and uniqueness of the individual blocks. Working with nine amazingly distinct blocks is a winemaking dream come true, and is what makes our Rockpile Ridge Zinfandel so spectacular. The bright nose of blackberry and ripe cherry are complemented by hints of vanilla, black pepper and minerals. Vivid fruit dominates the front palate, giving way to soft and supple tannins. Pure and full bodied, with firm acidity, this wine will age gracefully for the next 3-5 years.



Production: Approximately 857 cases Appellation: Rockpile Composition: 95% Zinfandel 5% Petite Sirah Vineyards: Rockpile Ridge Vineyard Alcohol: 15.5% by volume Aging: 14 months oak barrels 50% French 50% American Our Family’s Rockpile Ridge Vineyard is located at nearly 1,200 ft elevation in the Rockpile appellation. This vineyard has sweeping sun exposures from Southeast to Northwest. In 2006, we harvested fruit from all nine blocks of Zinfandel in the Rockpile Ridge Vineyard. We picked the blocks at different times and fermented them separately to insure the integrity and uniqueness of the individual blocks. Working with nine amazingly distinct blocks is a winemaking dream come true and is what makes our Rockpile Ridge Zinfandel so spectacular. The unusually cool summer of 2006 was a blessing for Zinfandel fans. While elegant and Rockpile are generally not heard in the same sentence, rest assured, this is the best of both worlds. The cool growing conditions yielded extraordinarily long hang times which translated to phenomenal complex and perfectly balanced wines. The bright nose of blackberry and ripe cherry are complimented by hints of vanilla, black pepper, and minerals. Vivid fruit dominates the front palate, giving way to soft and supple tannins. Pure and full bodied, with firm acidity, this wine will age gracefully for the next 3-7 years.

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