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 in 100% French Oak (30% new)
Production: 1980 Bottles (165 cases)
Grape / Blend
89% Zinfandel, 11% Petite Sirah
Appellation: Rockpile, Sonoma County
Vineyard: Madrone Spring Vineyard
Winemaker's Tasting Note
The purple colored, floral and spicy notes maintain great balance inside a massive frame of abundance. The nose ranges from dark red cherry, cinnamon red hot candy, Asian plum, fresh cracked white & black pepper, root beer, dried herbs, dark spices, dried underbrush, stone, and graphite.
97 Points + 3 Puffs - Connoisseurs' Guide
"About as deep and concentrated as Zinfandel can get and still be fully fruity and remarkably vital and energetic at the same time, this superb effort not only continues the Beekeeper run of exceptional wines but stands at the top of the table for both the winery and the variety. To be sure, it is a wine of exceptional volume, and its mouthfilling palatal texture is joined by keen, pure blackberry focus with nary a hint of excess in sight. Despite tannic solidity that guarantees four to six years of smoothing, and the potential for twice that, this wine will invite early drinking. Please do not give in."
93 Points - eRobertParker.com (March 2016)
"The delicious 2013 Zinfandel Madrone Spring Vineyard from the Rockpile appellation shows plenty of hefty blackberry and briary black cherry fruit. This rich, dense wine (15.4% alcohol and a blend of 89% Zinfandel and 11% Petite Sirah) is a classic, full-throttle, pedal-to-the-metal Zinfandel. Drink it over the next 5-6 years."
94 Points - Purely Domestic Wine Report (March 2016)
"A deep concentrated nose of blackberry, wax and dried raspberry with a vibrant undertone. The palate is beautifully concentrated, ripe and lush. A very nice example! Drink 2016-2022."
Product size: 750ml