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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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  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Malbec

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

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  • I really need to go to OT's non-wine related project page and post about ... tasted through all the SVD Rockpile Zins.  I also picked up two bottles of the Black Sheep reserve Zin, which is only available in magnum.  We tasted a bit of it first and it's quite good, although I think I still prefer the Cemetery to it.  I laid in three bottles of... Read More

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  • Mark, that Ojai sounds really nice, I'll have to try to find some when we ... ... zin from Mauritson's Rockpile vineyard. The nose is full of dark ripe berries and ripe plum. The palate is also loaded with ripe blackberry, black cherry, a touch of prune, just a hint of spicy smoke, nice acidity, finely grained tannins and a medium long finish.... Read More

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  • Rockpile Winery Zinfandel Rockpile Jack's Cabin 2011

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    Excellent zin from Mauritson's Rockpile vineyard. The nose is full of dark ripe berries and ripe plum. The palate is also loaded with ripe blackberry, black cherry, a touch of prune, just a hint of spicy smoke, nice acidity, finely grained tannins and a medium long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Rockpile Winery Syrah Madrone Spring Vineyard 2010

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    Initial tartness on the tip of the tongue surprises me a bit. That diminishes quickly, and is followed by a somewhat gamey sensation. Another surprise is sweetness that pops up towards the back of the tongue/palate. Fairly full-bodied, but not monstrous by any calculation. Nice because it does not blow you away with berry or cherry flavors. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • I buy Zinfandel far too seldom and everytime I drink some I go, "Darn, ... Vine are better!  The Rockpile is voted a 5/5 and is only the next most pricey.  I'll have to try that on Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir throwdown


  • Lamb with Syrah, yep.  Also CdP.  I am going to do a ground lamb ... ... Mine got a small shipment of Rockpile Cemetery '12, so I pointed it out, said they aren't getting this over in old Blighty.  Sold.  That would work with burgers, too--more structure, not overwhelming fruits... and our allies over there are now going to be hipped to i Read More

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  • Rockpile Winery Syrah Madrone Spring Vineyard 2011

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    Dark purple color almost matches dark brooding, earthy nose. Subtle blackberry flavor on the tongue. Then a saline sensation. Flavor of cedar on the back of the tongue/palate. Firm, not overwhelming tannin and acid. Probably ageable for the next decade. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • 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


  • 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...

    Comment by 107607eric4275 107607 eric4275


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