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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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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  • We finished off the Ridge cab last evening while watching the President's ... Cabernet Sauvignon, and Hobo Rockpile Zinfandel), and Sandra had some type of Bordeaux wine.  It was a nice evening with us getting home just as the President walked up to the podium. &nbs Read More

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  • Wow, a '10 Pets that's already open? Good to hear.Says the guy who is ... year.  No Ridge/Talty/Rockpile/YourChoiceHere, but for the (quite a bit) less than $10 I paid, really good with our minestrone (really, pistou, the wife says) on a chilly night.  Not too hot, pretty good acids keeping that big blackberry and bramble profile under control... Read More

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  • Seghesio Zin Rockpile 2008


    Fairly big nose showing typical Zinfandel black fruit. Blackberry and black plum with some spicy flavors under the palate. Also, though, I can taste the alcohol. I have to say, though, the lengthy finish is delightful. I think this has gone downhill a bit since I last had it. Read More

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  • OT, tell me you weren't sick when I stopped by on Sunday!  And get ... ('09 Jemrose, '10 Rockpile) and a bottle of 2011 Jemrose Viognier for my niece.  On Xmas day, it's roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, so I'll take the 6th bottle (or is it 7th?) of Cam Hughes Lot 35 Yountville Cab--we're having one a year from the case to see how it changes-... Read More

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  • Also a good note on the wine, Emark!So many coincidences:  Went up to DCV ... Apparently the rest of the Rockpile club has more cash than I do--evidenced by the maroon Maserati Quattroporte I have seen at two Mauritson events.  I asked Carrie if it belonged to Clay.  She said the nicest vehicle they own is a truck! We bought a bottle of the '0... Read More

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  • What's the price on those Brovia Garblet Sue bottles?  I think I need ... 6 and Clay Mauritson's Rockpile Madrone Spring.  Anyone who doesn't get Cali Syrah needs to start with those, and maybe Lafond from SRH, about the only Syrah from the Central Coast that has done it for me to date.  (Sorry, Qupe fans--okay but not stellar IMO Read More

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  • EMark, Mexican zin - where do you find this stuff? Obviously we're a bit ... as good or better than their Rockpile and Botticelli. This is saying a lot coming from a huge Rockpile zin fan.RBA, my folks (and I) were born and raised in the Motor City but my Dad's folks came over from Ottawa. Mom has some Southern roots, there's even a confederat... Read More

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  • RBA (or anyone else for that matter), what do you know about Paradise Ridge ... ... tasted coming from the Rockpile AVA.  I'm sure you're enjoying that ca Read More

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  • Emark, I'm in, having this with some bean soup (trying to recover from all ... ... feminine compared to her Rockpile big brother but definitely not sh Read More

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  • Well we are now deep into "Delivery of Wines Ordered in the Last Six ... ... received two bottles of the Rockpile Pritchett Peaks Zinfandel as a part of my semi-annual shipment from the Mauritson winery club.  I have pretty good friend by the name of Hartwell Pritchett, who, it turns out, is a reasonably close neighbor of Snoother Vinovino.  A... 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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