Mockingbird Hill Winery Sonoma Red Blend 2012
By Jonathan H. Newman*
Mockingbird Hill RESERVE 2012 Sonoma Red Wine
UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
VARIETAL: Red Blend
GRAPE: Petite Sirah, Merlot, Zinfandel and Syrah
COUNTRY: United States
REGION: Sonoma County
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 14.00%
This is a solid Reserve red blend with incredible value that has nice intensity with sweet oak, bold flavors and a pleasing mouth feel. It is primarily a blend of Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Syrah, and Merlot. A purple hue with garnet highlights. Nicely perfumed with a classical bouquet of black cherries, mocha, blackberries, red flowers, blueberries, and plum. Appealing notes of blackberries, and black raspberries with dark chocolate. The palate is mouth watering with an abundance of full-bodied fruit including blackberries, dark berries, blueberries, and violets with floral notes, mocha and pepper. Nice intensity on the finish. Best enjoyed now through 2020. Pair with Ribeye steaks, Beef Pot Pie, Barbequed ribs or Meatloaf. Sampled in January 2014 in barrel and March 2014 in bottle with consistent tasting notes.
By Mockingbird Winery
Red Reserve Sonoma County Red Wine
Appellation: Sonoma County
Composition: A proprietary blend of Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah and Petite Sirah.
Total Acidity: .588g/100ml
In the Vineyard
All sourced within Sonoma County, we searched for the highest quality fruit. From estate grapes and our neighboring growers, the blend puts all the best into the glass.
From the fruit forward aromas to the lingering finish, our red blend brings the flavors of ripe raspberries, black cherries and toasty oak together for an easy drinking glass of wine.
Ten months with new and seasoned American oak barrels. Working toward an approachable style, the time in oak softens the tannins and adds complex layers to the finished wine.
[Info provided by J.H.N.]
About the Winemaker
John Pedroncelli, Winemaker
John began his winemaking career as a child working side by side with his father, John Sr. learning from the ground up. After World War II and his service in the US Coast Guard, he graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College and then attended many winemaking classes at University of California at Davis. John's style is wines that are flavorful and balanced to reflect the region's characteristics-he allows the wines to speak for themselves.
*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.