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Rockpile Winery Petite Sirah Madrone Spring Vineyard 2011

Member Review by EMark:

Dark plum color. Very rich nose. Rich black raspberry and chocolate on the tip of the tongue. Very pleasant stone fruit—plum—on the rear palate. Understandably, still some very noticeable tannins. Although, I think this youngster is really quite elegant. On the other hand, I think that this one can lay on its side and improve for many years.

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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

Member Reviews for Rockpile Winery Petite Sirah Madrone Spring Vineyard

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Snooth User: EMark
8478047,462
4.00 5
04/08/2016

Dark plum color. Very rich nose. Rich black raspberry and chocolate on the tip of the tongue. Very pleasant stone fruit—plum—on the rear palate. Understandably, still some very noticeable tannins. Although, I think this youngster is really quite elegant. On the other hand, I think that this one can lay on its side and improve for many years.


Snooth User: ndanberg
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 09/13/2011

Four glasses


Snooth User: Richard Foxall
2625834,004
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 08/25/2010

So we had lamb steaks this week instead of chops. A little fattier. This was the perfect wine to peel the fat off your teeth. Tannic? Opaque? Deep? All that. Cooled it down--hey, summer finally came and it was in the house where it's more than balmy--and it was just perfect. Clay Mauritson, if you're reading this, don't pull these vines. It's a Calif treasure. The Zins at Rockpile are special, but save a little room for this ignored grape. Those of us who know... well, we know.


External Reviews for Rockpile Winery Petite Sirah Madrone Spring Vineyard

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Vintage: 2007 07/06/2011

More often than not, Petite Sirah is done the disservice of being used as a blending wine. On the rare occasion that it is bottled as a variety, it usually has generous amounts of Zinfandel blended into it to make it softer. The 2007 Madrone Spring Vineyard Petite Sirah is 100 percent Petite Sirah, 100 percent from Rockpile, and there is nothing petite about it. Consider yourself warned! There is no mistaking the density of the wine simply by swirling it in your glass. The black and violet hues cling to the glass, not only showing off the color but the viscosity, as well. The nose is a mixture of minerals and black fruit which is perfectly accented by the hints of sweet oak. The front palate lets you know that this wine has a long life ahead of it. Broad tannins sweep across your mouth like a dense fog enveloping the coastline. The fruit returns in the form of a black cherry bon-bon; rich and complex. If you have the self restraint, this wine will age beautifully for the next 7-10 ye



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213 cases produced.

Closure: Cork

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Alcohol: 13.75%

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