2022 - 2032
The 2019 Zinfandel Rockpile Ridge Vineyard has a medium ruby color and alluring scents of mixed berry jam, cracked pepper, violets and botanical nuances. The medium-bodied palate surprises with its marriage of power and elegance to a soft, grainy, refreshing frame and perfumed finish.
I tasted Mauritson with owner and founder Clay Mauritson and winemaker Emma Kudritzki Hall in the spring of 2022 at the winery in the Dry Creek Valley. The brand has grown from 125 cases in 1998 to 1,000 cases per year now—but growing grapes isn’t new for the Mauritson family. They have been farming grapes in Dry Creek since 1868, and Clay’s great-great-great grandfather was the first to plant vines in the Rockpile region in 1884. By the 1960s, their ranch covered 4,000 acres—most of which was flooded in the 1960s with the development of Lake Sonoma. After decades of selling grapes and grazing sheep, it was only in the mid-1990s that Clay decided to make wine from some of his family’s vineyards. They currently own more than 300 acres of estate vines in Rockpile, Dry Creek and Alexander Valley, in addition to purchasing fruit from growers across Sonoma County.