2010 Mauritson Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1090381 90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 * One Star * Intense, keenly focused on vital blackberry fruit and showing an uncanny sensation of polish for the very ripe wine that it is, this impressive young Zinfandel proves that success can be found in even the most difficult vintage. True to its maker, it is a big and sturdy wine with plenty of muscle and mass, and, if it can justly be accused of being a bit tight and nervy just now, it has all the right parts in all the right places to age famously for some five or six years.  (5/2012)

89 points Wine Spectator

 Jammy and lively, this red exhibits raspberry and cinnamon aromas that follow through to youthful cherry and smoky pepper flavors, which are still coming together. Needs time. Best from 2013 through 2018.  (5/2012)

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Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/26/2012 | Send Email
It sounds nuts, but it's true- this is a Cab drinker's Zinfandel. Lots of dark red and black berry fruit, with a spice driven core... and fine, well-structured tannin! A big, hearty wine that would drink now with food, but has the bones to cellar for at least 5 years or more. We love Clay Mauritson here at K&L, and love to support the nuanced, interesting, layered wines which honor his family's 6 generations of heritage in the Dry Creek Valley.
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Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2012 | Send Email
2010 was a brutal vintage (heat) for the dry creek area and Mauritson still managed this slamming Zin! Clean and focused, albeit a little tight, this guy packs a punch for $20! Jammy, but not cloying, great raspberry fruit and a bit of spice on the end make a great bottle of zin!

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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 15.1