2014 Mauritson "Rockpile Ridge Vineyard" Sonoma County Zinfandel
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)
*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.
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.
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.