More from the Rockpile

Many of the wines that came in my most recent Mauritson club shipment were two things: one, they were single vineyard Zinfandels, and two, they were labeled under the name Rockpile Winery, which is still made by Mauritson. They were also more expensive than previous Mauritson offerings, making me wonder if Mauritson is becoming a
“tiered” winery, offering their “special” selections under one name and keeping the more affordable line under another?

This botttle was a 2005 Rockpile Winery Rockpile Ridge Vineyard Mauritson Zinfandel. It cost $27, had a real cork closure and weighed in at 15.6% alcohol by volume. I served it with beef straganoff, cheddar biscuits, and broccoli. A little too big for the meal, serve it with a steak, bqq, or maybe a marinated pork loin.

On the nose I found vanilla, blackberry, and blueberry. The wine was very dark and the berries jumped out of the glass. In the mouth there were berries, brown sugar, vanilla, pie flavors, and specifically blueberries that showed after some time in the glass. Overall the wine was a bit tannic, it could definitely use a bit more time to settle in the bottle, so I will keep the other bottle of this hanging around for another year or so. As always, I’ll report back in then with an update on its condition!

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3 Responses

  1. Sonadore, thank you for sharing you blog has been very helpful for a ‘wannabe wine’ i.e., me… you probably should graduate to Expert status now… :-)

    Wish you and your loved ones Happy Holidays and a Wonderous New Year, of health, happiness and success!

  2. Hello Sonadora,

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – I agree with the above post…time to drop the “Wannabe” (lol)

    Happy Sipping my friend!

  3. Hope the holidays were great for both of you as well.

    I still like the alliteration of wannabe wino, though maybe a name change sometime in the future!

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