Overview of the Wine
Beekeeper Cellars is the vision of best friends and co-winemakers Ian Blackburn and Clay Mauritson. The two collaborated after adventurous individual careers in the wine business, and at last, decided to work together on a project of their own.
Clay, a 7th generation grape grower, and his family found themselves the owners of a significant slice of the Rockpile Appellation, through an amazing set of historical land transactions. The Mauritson family realized the potential and parented the creation of the ROCKPILE AVA. In 1998, Ian and Clay climbed the hill and watched the Madrone Spring Vineyard get planted, while discussing the future of Rockpile and the dream it represented.
Beekeeper started with a simple vow: "craft beautiful vineyard expressions from premier vineyard sites, and reintroduce the quality wine audience to Zinfandel.” Today, we continue towards this goal. Our wines are crafted with all the attention to detail of an ultra premium Cabernet; premier vineyards, low yields, careful hand selection of fruit, artisan winemaking, quality focused, not quantity and the expensive use of time in quality French Oak barrels. Because of this meticulous approach and our mission, our wines are built to age. In fact, they require age. We strive to assure our audience that our Zinfandel is a worthy investment and that patience will be rewarded with additional cellarage. Ian, Clay, and day to day winemaker Emma Kudritzki Hall cannot be more excited about sharing their wines for years to come.
In the 1800s, you needed to have a noble profession gain entry into America, and Ian's great grandparents were entertainers “pre” Vaudeville, and that was NOT considered a noble profession…. quite the opposite! His family lived off the land and worked as beekeepers, hunters, farmers… and singing and dancing was part of their life. They took some liberties and said “we are beekeepers” as that was (and still is) a "noble profession." The family “bi-line” was established; “we come from a long line of beekeepers.”
Dry Farmed, Sustainable
Aged: 15 months in French and American Oak
Production: 1308 bottles (109 cases)
Grape / Blend
89% Zinfandel, 11% Petite Sirah
Appellation: Rockpile, Sonoma County
Vineyard: Madrone Spring Vineyard
Winemaker's Tasting Note
Winemaker Tasting Notes: Great wine tells the story of the vintage and compliments its natural attributes, showcases vineyard character, and focuses on varietal definitions. This signature Rockpile wine features exotic spices, dark and intense Zinfandel fruit, and maintains a balance inside of its enormous structure that will age for years to come. The color of mixed blacks and ruby garnet, gives way to a nose of black cherry skins, asian plum and woodsy underbrush. 11% Petite Sirah expands the wines profile and accentuates the Zinfandels varietal spice, pepper and juicy red fruit core. A balance was established inside the firm acidity, tender tannin and stoney minerality that elevates the ripe fruit character.
93 points - 2 Puffs Connoisseurs’ Guide:
Intense, deeply fruity, highly ripened and layered in its mix of vital blackberry notes with a light touch of blueberry, caramelized vanilla and hints of mocha, this wine follows in the footsteps of its 3 Star sibling from the 2009 vintage. There is a rich quality here that speaks to first-class winemaking and reminds a bit of top shelf Pinot Noir, but for all that, this wine is exuberantly Zinfandel from first to last and seems likely to last in the bottle for years to come.
Product size: 750ml