By Jonathan H. Newman*
Mockingbird Hill 2013 Dry Creek Valley Reserve Zinfandel
UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
GRAPE: Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Merlot, Syrah
COUNTRY: United States
APPELLATION: Dry Creek Valley
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 14.90%
While Mockingbird Zinfandel is always reliably well made, the universally praised 2013 “perfect” vintage has made this edition perhaps the best Zinfandel yet from Mockingbird Hill. And the Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma is the perfect place to grow Zinfandel. The reputation is well deserved, and it is this varietal that put the Dry Creek Valley on the map as one of the premier viticultural sub-appellations in the Sonoma Valley. This wine has everything going for it as it’s from the great '13 vintage, a very highly regarded winemaker in Jim Pedroncelli, it’s a Reserve with a delicious taste profile, and it’s from old vines in the perfect microclimate for Zin. These grapes were handpicked from vines planted between 31 and 43 years old with some even dating back to the turn of the twentieth century. This wine holds its alcohol very well, as it’s big and zesty but smooth and not over the top. Most winemakers believe this was a very special vintage, as Mother Nature cooperated with a well-balanced, fruit driven crop that was bountiful. A classical nose of berries and plum with vanilla oak, cracked pepper and cinnamon. It’s zesty and juicy, with generous fruit, including black cherry, blueberry and black raspberries, alongside nicely-integrated vanilla oak, crushed red flowers, and a nutmeg spice box, followed by a long, pleasant finish. Enjoy now and for many more years. The perfect menu to enjoy this kind of delicious Zinfandel are the specialties of the Fremont Diner in Sonoma - a fun, casual lunch spot. Pair with smoked pork sandwiches, chicken fried steak, chili with brisket, Passmore Ranch catfish and Nashville fried chicken.
By Mockingbird Hill Winery
Reserve Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Sonoma County
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley
Composition: 90% Zinfandel, 6% Petite Sirah, 2% Merlot and 2% Syrah.
Barrel Aging: Twelve months with new and seasoned American oak barrels with 25% new oak. The length of time in oak slowly softens the tannins and adds complexity to the finished wine.
Total Acidity: .565g/100ml
We searched for the highest quality fruit in Dry Creek Valley. From estate grapes and our neighboring growers, the combination puts all the best into the glass.
Aromas of red raspberry and plum. Classic Dry Creek Valley characteristics of blackberry and fresh black pepper on the palate. Fruity without being overly extracted this Zinfandel is framed by the touches of Petite Sirah, Merlot and Syrah, giving it structure, medium tannin and a lasting finish.
[Information provided by J.H.N.]
*Jonathan Newman was Wine Enthusiasts’ Man of the Year. He also was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and received national recognition in Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch Magazine and many other international wine publications. He was also awarded the Guild of Sommeliers highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Newman's reviews have been published and quoted extensively online and in print. He travels extensively to many of the major wine growing regions and evaluates many of the wines we source from smaller and boutique wineries. We interact closely with him and the result is his rejection rate of over 96% of the wines evaluated.