Mauritson Dry Creek Zinfandel 2018 - 750ml

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92pts Wine Enthusiast

This exuberant, complex red is made from a mix of estate vineyards as well as grower sites, like Treborce and Montecillo. While it is concentrated in black cherry, its soul leans more savory and herbal to display an understated elegance.

91pts Wilfred Wong

The 2018 Mauritson Zinfandel is well-built and generous from start to finish. This wine brings a bushel-load of berries to the table. Enjoy its explosive aromas and flavors of boysenberries, savory spices, and dried earth notes with grilled short ribs. (Tasted: July 6, 2020, San Francisco, CA)

91pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2018 Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley contains 6% Petite Sirah. Medium ruby-purple, it has a nose of bright red fruits with nuances of burnt orange peel, earth and dried herbs. Medium-bodied, this entry-level Zinfandel is bright and lifted in the mouth with spicy stone-fruit character, a soft frame and long, juicy finish. Drink it over the next three to five years.

90pts Jeb Dunnuck

Moving to the reds, the 2018 Zinfandel Mauritson is 94% Zinfandel and 6% Petite Sirah, all from the Dry Creek Valley. Aged 14 months in French oak, its ruby/plum color is followed by a spicy, complex Zinfandel that has lots of red and black fruits, sandalwood, and incense aromas and flavors. Drink this nicely balanced, character-filled, impeccably made Zin any time over the coming 4-5 years.

90pts Connoisseurs' Guide

A bit of root-beer-like sweetness overlies concentrated, fairly deep, ripe berry fruit in this one’s immediately inviting nose, and, with a swirl or two in the glass, subtle elements of dusty soil and dried mushrooms join in to make for a fairly complex and fascinating aromatic mix. On the palate, the wine is full and substantial with integral tannins providing ageworthy grip, and its slight youthful toughness and scant finishing heat do next to nothing to distract from the unceasing, definitively varietal fruit that at every point defines what is a solidly structured and very specific Zinfandel.

 

Winemaker Notes

Our 2018 Dry Creek Zinfandel has a nose of black cherry, molasses dripped over coffee cake crumbs and intriguing dried-herb and earth tones. Fruit is prominent on the palate, then surrenders to lingering savory and mineral notes. Enjoy for the next 7-10 years.