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2014 Mauritson Winery Zinfandel "Rockpile Ridge Vineyard"

Winery: Mauritson Winery

Vintage: 2014

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Rockpile Ridge Vineyard"

Wine Category: Zinfandel

Grape blend: 99% Zinfandel & 1% Petite Sirah

Region: Rockpile

State or country: CA

Price: $41

Cases produced: 1,175

KWG Score: 93.2 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: September 18, 2016

Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Zinfandel from Rockpile is a food wine. It opens with a pomegranate and red cherry bouquet with hints of beets and forest floor. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced, and has a pleasant presence. The flavor profile is a tasty red plum with hints of black cherry, clove and blackberry. The finish is dry and its flavors and dusty moderate tannins last for quite some time. The panel suggested pairing this very nice Zin with veal medallions, braised short ribs or hard manchego cheese. Enjoy - KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: Freshly crushed berry fruit is complemented by richer notes of cocoa and sweet oak on the nose of this gorgeous Zinfandel. The entry is voluptuous, instantly coating your palate in velvety tannins. Fresh raspberry and baked blackberry cobbler exemplify the dichotomy of this wine: it is both lively and subtle, graceful and yet powerful. The broad nature of this wine is indicative of 2014’s ideal growing season, allowing for many years of graceful aging. Full- bodied, with balanced acidity, this wine will cellar beautifully for the next 7-9 years.

Organic status: not organic

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