2017 Zinfandel Uncle's Block
10 months in oak barrels 100% French
The 2017 Rockpile Zinfandel from Uncle’s Block has detailed aromas of black cherry compote, black raspberry preserves and chocolate cake crumbs with touches of sweet, fragrant earth. Dark, complex, and powerful, with briary bramble notes, this wine also has a dusting of savory roasted herbs that complements its full-bodied and serious nature. It’s exceptional and will drink beautifully over the next 8-10 years.
Located at nearly 1,300 feet, at the top of the Rockpile ridgeline, Uncle’s Block is part of my family’s original homestead and is now owned by my uncle, Chris Mauritson. This vineyard is characterized by its eastern sun exposure, volcanic soil, steep slope and lack of water. We hand select the best rows from this incredible site for our small offerings of Uncle’s Block. This is one of the most stressed vineyards we farm at Rockpile, and that character is captured in the wine.