Beekeeper Cellars, Zinfandel, Secret Stones, Rockpile, Sonoma County 2015. Robert Parker 93+ (Very Limited)
About the Vintage: The drought influenced 2015 vintage started with cool stormy conditions, resulting in a difficult flower set and chicks and hens (small unfertilized berries) in the clusters. Extensive table sorting resulted in tiny yields and smaller than average berry sizes with lower than normal acidity but with great concentration and an abundant nose.
Winemaker Tasting Notes: The resulting blend displays a highly spiced set of concentrated dried fruits, fresh cracked black pepper, patient pending "purple crayon” perfume, dried underbrush, and bitter sweet chocolate. Our step high altitude hillsides provide defined stoney minerality characteristics, and add to the complexed nose that will continue to evolve in the bottle. The ripe forward nature of 2015 is unique, and should allow 2015 to be accessible earlier but will reward considerable time in the cellar.
Grape: 87% Zinfandel & 13% Petite Sirah
Vineyard: Madrone Spring Vineyard, Dry Farmed,
Sustainably Farmed CCSW
Appellation: Rockpile, Sonoma County
Vintage: 2015 - Bottled February 21, 2017.
Winemakers: Clay Mauritson, Ian Blackburn &
Aged: 17 months in 100% French Oak (25% new)
Production: 280 Cases
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