Mazzocco Winery is situated between the Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys, a prime location for growing Zinfandel grapes. Founded in 1984, Mazzocco Vineyards is renowned for its single vineyard-designate Zinfandels produced from mountain vineyard fruit within Sonoma County. In 2005, Mazzocco was purchased by Ken and Diane Wilson who brought with them their 20+ years of viticulture experience as well as their 250 acres of planted vineyards according to our Mazzocco wine reviews. Mazzocco winemaker Antoine Favero believes wines are nurtured rather than produced, one of the main reasons there are only 15,000 cases of Mazzocco wines produced annually. While the Mazzocco portfolio also includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Petite Sirah and Sauvignon Blanc it is their single vineyard Zinfandel wines that consistently make their way atop our Mazzocco wine ratings. To see which of their wines is right for you check our Mazzocco Wine Guide below.
This great wine proves that Zinfandel is a noble variety. It has the huge, rich density of a fine Cabernet, with Zin’s distinctive wild berry flavors. The tannins are big and sweet, but the finish astounds.
The Stone Ranch Zins I’ve had over the years have generally been very good, but this is the best in many years. Probably the warm vintage was responsible. It coaxed fabulously rich flavors from the 80-year-old vines, from chocolate, blueberry pie and blackberry jam to espresso, sweet leather and cinnamon. The wine is soft, dry and warming, a perfect elaboration of…
Deep red berrry dusted with cocoa powder, cinnamon-spice and eucalyptus, comprise the tantalizing bouquet. The Quinn is well-balanced, with tannins to spare that give it plenty of texture. On the palate, the red berry is tarter than what the bouquet offers, but it’s rounded out with layers of of bitter chocolate and black pepper. Stewy red berry and a black…
An elegant wine with lovely citrus and tropical fruit on the opening. The center is rich, with a touch of butter and echoes of the opening spicy citrus fruit. The finish is long and layered, with complex flavors. Drinking very well right now.
These 80-year-old vines have long produced classic Zinfandel bursting with full-bodied fruit and a long, spicy finish that’s lightly sprinkled with black pepper. Winemaker Phyllis Zouzounis has captured the essence of Zinfandel here.
Just about as big, powerful and impressive as the variety gets. The wild berry, currant, smoked meat, tobacco, licorice and white pepper flavors explode in the mouth, contained by big, tight tannins. Right now there’s a sharp cut of acidity that detracts, but the tartness should help the wine age. Give it 4-5 years in the cellar.
There’s some old-vine juice included in the blend, and it shows. The nose is lushly scented with plums, raisins, pie cherries and ripe red fruits, with some of that distinctive new mown hay quality that old vines send up. A little barnyard aroma too, in a good way. Very extracted and intense.