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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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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...

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  • OK DM, I don't have any specifics but hopefully you'll give me partial ... my files:Ridge Estate Rockpil Read More

    Forum post in the topic In the Vineyard


  • Misery loves company.  But it was fitting to go from Dino to the pan-Ital ... ... to limit my purchases to Rockpile, Talty, Carlisle (when I can get it), W-S (when I can afford it), and a couple scattered SVDs.There were quite a few wineries I would have visited and will probably go back to.  Wilderotter, for one, got dropped because they open... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Amador County 101


  • "When the moon hits your eye/like a big pizza pie/that's ... loyal to Dry Creek and Rockpile Zins. We purchased a mixed lot of Barbera, Aglianico, Teroldego, and the two whites.  Apparently there is no tasting fee, although that was never discussed.  Plan to visit in any case, as the staff are really knowledgeable and the tasting experience is ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Amador County 101


  • Dinner was a really interesting fish dish with an olive sauce.  I ... ... overpriced IMO compared to Rockpile, Talty, and some others, but this wine, a Marsanne/Roussane/Viognier blend, is really good.  I really like it with oysters, but it's what we had chilled and I have another bottle of the 2014 to drink with shellfish when I bother to get... Read More

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  • Well made Zin can last quite a while. OT and I will be getting together soon I ... I get a bottle a year in my Rockpile allotment, so I finally opened one from the 2013 vintage.  And it was good.  Not going to make me go out and buy more of it, but it was clean, nicely damson-y, with a little leather, a nice big aroma.  And, man, was it purple... Read More

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  • My guests were my friends that I share my Rockpile allocation with, a friend who got me drinking European wine and has a very nice cellar,* a friend who is the former pastry chef** at a former top-ten restaurant in SF, a friend who worked front of the house in a popular restaurant in Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto back in the day, and someone I have ... Read More

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  • Man, so many sources of envy--extra wines delivered, going to Rockpile with Clay... tell him I said hello.  BTW, Seghesio used to be able to use one of the vineyard names from Mauritson's Rockpile acreage, but when they sold, that was over.  Now ONLY Rockpile wines from Mauritson will use the names of their vineyards.  There are other good viney... Read More

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  • Big, juicy Rockpile zin by Seghesio. Black cherry and black licorice on the nose. Loads of ripe black cherry, blackberry, black plum, more licorice/anise, some earthiness, nice acidity, fine grained tannins and a medium long finish. Enjoying this prior to our CA trip next week where we'll be spending next Friday afternoon with Clay Mauritson tou... Read More

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  • Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma Rockpile 2012

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    Big, juicy Rockpile zin by Seghesio. Black cherry and black licorice on the nose. Loads of ripe black cherry, blackberry, black plum, more licorice/anise, some earthiness, nice acidity, fine grained tannins and a medium long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • "there should be no correspondence between wine choice and calendar ... ... that '06 SHL and '09 Rockpile Buck Pasture).  As I look at the contents of the cellar, I see a lot of Syrah from Myriad, Apsara, Jemrose, and Halcon.  I blame OT for that.  I think the punishment he faces is sharing a '93 Ravenswood Old Hill at his next offline.  Or ha... 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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