Just released, this 2018 vintage marks the fifth vintage of 'Mortar & Stone', a Red blend of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. The Zinfandel from high atop Atlas Peak’s Mountain Peak Vineyard produces robust, showy mountain fruit. Meanwhile, the venerable Palisades Vineyard Petite Sirah completes the blend, lending tannic backbone and deep, black color. Those who have become familiar with the alluring structure and lightly peppered blue
fruit notes will no doubt be further enticed by the layered nuances of blackberry from the Zinfandel. A balanced and approachable wine now, it will evolve to be even better with a few years in bottle. Mending Wall is the culmination of Thomas Rivers Brown and his decades of winemaking efforts at Outpost, owned by Frank Dotzler and Pulido-Walker, owned by Mark Pulido and Donna Walker. Together, they formed Mending Wall, located on the eastern side of Silverado Trail between St. Helena and Calistoga. Here, Thomas produces wines for his numerous clients and he also produces its namesake wines. While I have tried many vintages of their offerings since their debut in 2013, I have always found their Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon to be the best and most worthy of buying.