Named after Jack Ireland, one of the area’s earliest (and rumor has it, most rebellious) settlers. Now only the tattered remnants of Jack’s house remain on the Mauritson family’s property, along with a myriad of urban legends surrounding its history. The vineyard is planted at nearly 950 ft in elevation, the Jack’s Cabin Vineyard is one of the premier sites of Rockpile. It has a southern sun exposure and is planted with the meandering natural slope of the bench. Relatively hidden from the coastal breezes that howl through Rockpile, this vineyard is the least stressed of all the blocks.
Rockpile 2017 “Jack’s Cabin” Zinfandel by Mauritson
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The Jack’s Cabin Zinfandel is very classic in its aromatic offerings: crushed black cherry, milk chocolate shavings, sweet baking spices and nuances of dried old-fashion rose petals. The juicy entry reveals fresh red currants and black raspberries, black tea leaf and dusty soil. Full-bodied with a plush texture, it finishes with great focus and clarity. Please enjoy it over the next 5-7 years.
WS 93 Points: “Deeply aromatic, this offers hints of bouillon, meat and grilled mushroom, earthy and profuse. The palate delves deeper into rich dark chocolate and baking spice, complemented by vanilla oak and a hint of cola. Robust tannins give it additional power and density within balanced acidity and length.”