If 2008 was the vintage to forget, then 2009 is the vintage to remember. We were extremely fortunate to have harvested all of our fruit before the rains in October. The growing conditions prior to that point could not have been more perfect. Heading into the third year of drought, we knew the crop was going to be light. The low bunch count and relatively small berry formation combined with the long moderate summer led to uniformly ripening fruit with amazing structure and complexity.
The nose is full of dark fruits and a complex array of brooding flavors. Aromas of blackberry, minerals, cracked pepper, blueberry pie, and sweet oak mingle harmoniously. The front palate is full of ripe and juicy tannins. This Zinfandel has plenty of structure for those of you who would like to lay it down. However, the tannins are broad shouldered without sharp edges for those who want to drink it now. The finish persists long after the last sip is gone; a combination of the structure and balanced acidity that have become a Mauritson hallmark. Please enjoy the 2009 Dry Creek Zinfandel over the next 6-8 years.
ZAP Member Since: 2003 Winery Founded: 1998 Winery Location Region: Northern Sonoma Cases Produced: 10,000 Winery Open for Tasting: Yes Winery Charges for Tasting: Yes; $$5 & $10 * All tastings complimentary for Wine Club Members. We offer a complimentary $5 tasting to visa signature card holders. Retail Sales at Winery: Yes Offers Online Sales: Yes * Check our winery's website for details. Has a Wine Club: Yes * We offer three levels of Club Membership. Please check our website for information or contact the winery directly. Offers Winery Tours: By Appt. Only Offers Vineyard Tours: Yes Food Available at Winery: No Has a Picnic Area: Yes * We have two large picnic tables on our patio and numerous adirondack chairs on our lawn. Offers a Meet the Winemaker Tour: By Appt. Only * If you are intersted in a private tour and tasting with our winemaker please contact our Director of Hospitality at the winery. Offers a Barrel Tasting: By Appt. Only * Please contact our Director of Hopspitality to set up a barrel tasting.