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yesilovewine
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posted 09-12-2012 04:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye,
Just heard from Carrie Mauritson and they are having a release party on 10/6 which will include a couple Rockpiles. The Cemetery is so limited this year that it will not be poured in the TR except for at this event. I believe their website has details.....
Am finalizing a very loose plan for our visit- decided to "have places in mind" but stay flexible in case we find something stellar at the HF tasting. Will post later today

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yesilovewine
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posted 08-21-2012 07:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hi dentonj.
Sounds like you had the "Rockpile flight"...its a great educational tool. We like Zins, too, and I'm still working on our October trip- any places you suggest?

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dentonj
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posted 08-21-2012 09:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dentonj   Click Here to Email dentonj     Edit/Delete Message
Hate to hear your bad experiences. We were there two years ago, actually the first CA winery we stopped at. Rick was fabulous! We had taste from all their wines and he educated us on the different AVA's and how the different soils and growing techniques came in to play with the taste of the wine. We recently purchased both Rockpile and the regular Mauritson, 08 and found we liked the Mauritson Zin better than the Rockpile. We will probably stop in on our next trip this November.

[This message has been edited by dentonj (edited 08-21-2012).]

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yesilovewine
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posted 03-12-2012 02:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Well it sounds like somebody at Mauritson needs to be re-trained!!!
Anyway, the most important thing is that when they have it again they will indeed pour Rockpile in the tasting room!!! :O
Its too bad that you were misled by the staffer, but I sure hope that you will go back next visit, now that you know that the Rockpiles are available in the tasting room.
We are planning a stop there in October as part of our exploration of the Rockpile AVA wines, and it looks like they will have released their Malbec by then as well. If you haven't had their Malbec, you should try it.

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Hawkeye
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posted 03-12-2012 01:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Yes,

That was not the way the tasting room person put it to me, she said, "We are no longer pouring Rockpile in the tasting room, it all goes to the wine club". -Hawkeye

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yesilovewine
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posted 03-12-2012 11:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Dear Friends,
After reading Hawkeye's startling announcement I contacted Mauritson to find out what was up.
It turns out that they are currently out of the Rockpile wines and have none to pour in the tasting room at this time. They make 11 wines from the Rockpile AVA and usually have 3 in the tasting room which they rotate with some frequency.
So, THANKFULLY, they haven't changed their policy about pouring Rockpile in the tasting room, they've just sold out, but will be releasing some new ones shortly...I think she said in April, May and October.

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yesilovewine
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posted 03-07-2012 07:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye, it may be that its an availability issue- with yields being off the last few years perhaps they don't have enough to offer them in the tasting room.

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Hawkeye
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posted 03-07-2012 06:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Monday, we made our one day trip to Dry Creek Road and Healdsburg. On the positive side, the 2 bridge construction on Hwy 128 from Calistoga to Healdsburg has been completed. An easy drive now.

One of the attractions to Dry Creek for me was Mauritson and their Rockpile Zins. Well, it seems that popularity sometimes goes to their heads. They no longer pour the Rockpile Zins in their tasting room. They are only available to their wine club members. That is enough to keep me from going back to their tasting room and maybe Sonoma. Bummer.

I guess this will just give me one more day in Napa Valley.

-Hawkeye

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