2014 Mauritson "Rockpile Ridge Vineyard" Sonoma County Zinfandel

SKU #1247965 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Zinfandel Rockpile Ridge Vineyard has an opaque ruby/purple color, a sensational, rich, full-bodied mouthfeel, great fruit purity, and a deep, mineral-laced, peppery finish. Alcohol again is just under 15%, but it carries it beautifully with no heat whatsoever. This full-throttle, rich Zinfandel should age nicely for 10 years. (RP)  (3/2016)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *Two Stars* Striking in its concentration, its intensity and its very pure impressions of fruit, this generous Zin made from grapes grown in the Rockpile Ridge Vineyard is a textbook example of its maker's style. It is big and dense without being at cumbersome and is unrelenting in both focus and fruity richness, and, if by a small margin a little more supple and forthright in its youth than its slightly more solidly built mates, it is still a wine whose considerable best is yet to come and deserves at least two or three years of forbearance.  (9/2016)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Dense and jammed with fruit, offering aromas of mineral, black cherry and anise and complex flavors of raspberry and white pepper that linger alongside big, ripe tannins. Drink now through 2025. 1,203 cases made.  (6/2016)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 A vineyard farmed by the family, Rockpile Ridge is set at the 1,200-foot elevation and planted to nine blocks of the variety, harvested and fermented separately. In this vintage, that leads to full-bodied, well-developed flavors of blackberry dotted in black-peppery meat and dusty tannin.  (9/2016)

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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.

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- 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 (%): 14.6