Six generations of farming has taught us a few things about choosing premium fruit! Each harvest, the best from our 230 acres throughout the Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys is reserved for our Estate Wines. These wines, which include our signature Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon, showcase the fruit-forward, floral and spice-driven characteristics attributed to these appellations.

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2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Dry Creek Valley
The 2012 vintage of Mauritson Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc, is our best to date! The nearly perfect weather conditions throughout the growing season naturally controlled the vines' vigor, allowing steady sugar accumulation and beautiful flavor and aroma development. In September we sampled the ripening Sauvignon Blanc every day, leading us to harvest our Hardie Ranch Vineyard in two separate blocks in order to achieve the complex flavor profile our Sauvignon Blanc is known for. The first pick retained high natural acidity and citrus flavors and the second pick revealed rich tropical flavors. All lots are hand harvested, whole cluster pressed and fermented separately to achieve immense concentration and depth.

The 2012 Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc is bright and fresh. Guava and hints of key lime pie jump out of the glass. The entry is vibrant, yet maintains elegance. On the palette, there is a harmonious dance of peach, passion fruit and crushed rock. As you would expect from a wine that sees no oak and no malo-lactic fermentation, it finishes clean and smooth with perfectly balanced acidity. Enjoy this wine with light appetizers, salads, seafood dishes or on its own on a warm summer evening. Around the winery, we fondly refer to our Sauvignon Blanc as our porch wine.
CASES: 3000
VINEYARD: Mauritson “Hardie Ranch” Estate Vineyard,
Coleman Vineyard
Aging: 100% Stainless steel fermented and aged.
PRICE: $21

2012 Chardonnay
Alexander Valley
2012 will go down in the record books as one of the great vintages for California. The perfect growing season combined with ideal harvest conditions to produce incredible wines. Our 2012 Alexander Valley Chardonnay represents the best of both worlds; the beautiful ripe fruit of California Chardonnay minus the oak, with the elegance and complexity of its Burgundian ancestor. The wine is 100% barrel fermented but in only a small percentage of new oak.

The nose is a blend of fresh baked apple pie and pear fruit, accented by rich nuances of oak. The front palate shows beautiful texture from the barrel fermentation, think butterscotch, while the mid palate yields to the complex flavors of mineral and citrus fruit. The finish is everything you would expect from a great Chardonnay; full and round with balanced acidity. This wine will continue to drink beautifully over the next three to five years.
CASES: 342
VINEYARD: Dobbins Vineyard, Alexander Valley
PRICE: $27
2012 Rosé
Rockpile
This will be our second commercial release of Rockpile Rosé. While this may only be our second offering, we have actually been making Rosé since we built the winery in 2003. It has always been a favorite food and summer wine of mine. As the yields in our Rockpile vineyard have matured, the opportunity has presented itself to make enough Rosé to actually bottle.

Our Rosé is made using the traditional “sange,” or bleed method. In order to increase concentration in some of our best lots, we remove 5-10% of the juice from the tank 24 hours after the fruit is received. The juice has extracted a small amount of color from the skins, giving it the beautiful pink hue. The Rosé juice is fermented 100% in stainless steel and then a portion of the wine is aged in neutral French oak. None of the lots have gone through malo-lactic fermentation; preserving the bright, fresh, natural malic acid in the grapes. All the lots are fermented and aged separately, then blended prior to bottling.

The nose is a bouquet of candied strawberries drizzled with vanilla cream all overlaying the subtleness of plum blossom. Soft and refreshing on the entry, the wine has beautiful texture without being weighty. The reality that this is a Rockpile wine is evident in the complexity of flavors: hints of mineral, fresh cut spring flowers, and red fruits. Bright and clean on the finish, as a Rosé should be, please enjoy this wine over the course of the next 12-18 months.
CASES: 297
VINEYARD: Rockpile "Buck Pasture" Vineyard, "Gloeckner/Turner" Vineyard
FERMENTATION: 100% Stainless Steel
AGING: 6 months; 50% Stainless Steel, 50% Used French Oak
PRICE: $19
2012 Zinfandel
Dry Creek Valley
The 2012 vintage will go down on record as one of exceptional quality. Nearly perfect growing conditions, absent of any extreme weather episodes, allowed the grapes to hang long into the growing season enabling great development of complex flavors and aromas with mature tannins. Sexy and intense with a perfumed bouquet of ripe blackberries and sweet raspberries, this wine also shows hints of roasted coffee and vanilla. On the palate, the entry is soft and inviting. Suggestions of mineral add a serious quality to the layers of ripe black fruit that compliment the refined tannins. Great vintages create wines of great vibrancy and balance and this wine is a classic example. Enjoy the 2012 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel for 5-8 years.
CASES: 3,097
Estate Vineyards: Block 5, Rockpile Ridge, Madrone Spring, Cemetery
Grower Vineyards: Faloni Ranch, Buchignani/Garcia Vineyard, Treborce Vineyard, Montecillo Vineyard
PRICE: $29

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County
One of the greatest things about this wine is the diversity of fruit that we have to work with. Pulling from some of the best places to grow Bordeaux varietals in Sonoma County: Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, and Rockpile, gives us a distinct advantage in blending. The fruit was harvested between the middle of September and the last week of October.

The 2010 Mauritson Sonoma County Cabernet is both dense and expressive in the nose. Dark fruit is complemented by aromas of tobacco, cassis, vanilla and hints of mineral. On the front palate, the wine exhibits juicy tannins and lush fruit, giving way to sweet oak in the mid palate. With ample Merlot, the wine has round tannins and soft edges. There is nothing astringent or overpowering, yet the delicacy and complexity cannot fully be appreciated until after the last sip is gone. The small crop yielded wines with balanced tannins and acidity, making them extremely food friendly and age able for the next 6-8 years.
CASES: 942
VINEYARDS: Rockpile Buck Pasture, Rockpile Gloeckner, Dry Creek Cabernet Block 3, Alexander Valley Cabernet Block D
PRICE: $37

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