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The aptly named Rockpile AVA is a remote, high-country growing area, where the unforgiving terrain and soils stress the vines into ripening. The demanding landscape brings out the best in Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, but it seems less hospitable to man, having yet to attract any resident wineries. Perched at elevations up to 1,900 feet, Rockpile is too far upland for the penetrating fogs that influence other Sonoma appellations. This exposes grapes to more California warmth and sunshine, boosting their ripeness and richness. Only recognized as an AVA in 2002, Rockpile is a northern extension of the Dry Creek Valley AVA. However, Rockpile is not a come-lately area, as it has been the source of intense, highly-defined red wines since 1872. Several of California’s elite ZIN-ophiles make the annual pilgrimage to Rockpile, seeking its exceptional fruit to craft powerful Zinfandels. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • RBA-It was good! I also knew you would prefer the Rockpile over the Limerick Blend. I'll have to try the Duckhorn Merlot and Cab soon.  Read More

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  • MJ & V V - Both were lovely wines but if given a choice between the two, I ... would drink the St. Francis Rockpile Red.  It was closer to a nice Napa Cabernet Sauvignon which I always enjoy.  The Limerick Lane Syrah / Grenache blend could have used a few more years in the bottle, so it wasn't a fair compariso Read More

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  • Yes, it was hard to keep up.  We never had a chance to get one of their ... and then a 2008 St. Francis Rockpile Red Blend tonigh Read More

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  • St. Cosme wines have gotten a ton of good press, but they haven't done it ... seemed in order.  2011 Rockpile:  Cemetery and Rockpile Ridge came to the fore.  Before drinking those, we had a bottle of that Robert Hunter sparkling that I bought on LastBottle for $25-ish.  It was delicious, not quite as mature as I thought for a 2002 vintage spa... Read More

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  • Finally, Emark, I want a little credit:  I think the Rockpile wines were certified by me.Really?  I don't see any "Certified by Foxall" hologram stickers on them.  Or, do they have RFID integrated into the foil capsule?   ;-) Read More

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  • Emark, I just finished reading a  book about wine myths and grapevine ... ... credit:  I think the Rockpile wines were certified by me.  ; Read More

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  • Good metaphor, D.Grilled Ahi for me and Salmon for the rest of the family, but ... dessert and we opened up a Rockpile Independence Red Wine, which is basically port made up above Lake Sonoma.  Traditional port varieties with a little Tannat thrown in.  Man, is it good.  And, man, does that fortified sweet stuff give me a hangover, even if I a... Read More

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  • Just not a good selection of imports in these parts and for good ... that to a ... that to a large degree with Rockpile on my Zins and was sticking to P&H Pinot until it just got too expensive to stay in the club.  But then I hear about something interesting and off I g Read More

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  • Good story, Rckr/Paul. There are many good options for ordering via the web, ... from the winery/winemaker (Rockpile/Mauritson, Myriad, Apsara, SMV, Bell, Talty, etc) or, better, the winemaker coming to your house to drop it off (Paul at Halcon).  It's good to have all these options. Even being in wine paradise, I struggle with the narrow sele... Read More

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  • MJET, just have to give you a little ration for chiding RBA about infanticide ... to taste anything from the Rockpile Vineyard or anything from the Mauritson folks that wasn't top notch. The Rockpile Vineyard is most noted for the zins that come out of there but I've also enjoyed that Rockpile Petite Sirah and some cab.  About this time last y... Read More

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  • Hi everyone, New to the site here, but I thought I would let everyone know about a new Rockpile wine. I started my winery in 2006, and will have Malbec and Petite Sirah specifically from the Rockpile AVA. The only current release I have available is my inaugural release, 2006 Keating Rockpile Malbec (88% Malbec, 12% Cab Franc, 193 cases produ...

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