2016 MAURITSON DRY CREEK VALLEY ZINFANDEL
When asked why I love Zinfandel so much, the answer is simple… Although the grape allegedly originated in Croatia, Zinfandel thrives in California and nobody produces better Zin than California, period. One of the best illustrations of classic California Zinfandel is Mauritson’s Dry Creek Valley. With perfectly balanced, expressive, inviting fruit, the 2016 escapes from the glass with floral infused raspberry, black cherry, baking spices and incense. With substantial vineyard holdings in Sonoma’s iconic Rockpile AVA, the Mauritson’s were influential in helping Rockpile become an AVA in 2002. The family has been farming for more than 140 years, and at around forty bucks, their Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel completes with the best of the best… At $29.99/btl, it’s a steal…
A blend of Block 5, Rockpile Ridge, Madrone Spring and Cemetery vineyards, the 2016 perfectly expresses Dry Creek Valley terroir, emphasized by the gravelly nuance, firm tannins and a rich mouthfeel. Peeling back layers of boysenberry, black raspberry and plum reveals wild flowers, truffle, and cracked pepper. Our veteran tasting panel unanimously agreed that this wine drinks well beyond it’s modest price. Don’t wait too long to secure yours.
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