St. Francis Rockpile Vineyard Rockpile 2005

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Our Rockpile Red wine is a cuvée of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Merlot hand-picked in the late fall from Rod & Cathy Park’s Rockpile Vineyard at the 2000 foot elevation. This unique vineyard yields a distinctive crop of grapes due to its combination of elevation, geography, soil, and climate. Deep color and rich flavors, typical of mountain fruit, are abundant in this exceptional wine. Made in limited quantities, this wine is available only at the Winery.

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  When Joe and Emma Martin purchased the 100 acre Behler Ranch Vineyard in Sonoma Valley in 1971, they never could have expected the success that their vineyard would achieve. After several years of making grapes for other wineries, they decided to start their own winery in 1979, and they have been producing quality wines ever since. They called the winery St. Francis Winery, named aft... Read more
  When Joe and Emma Martin purchased the 100 acre Behler Ranch Vineyard in Sonoma Valley in 1971, they never could have expected the success that their vineyard would achieve. After several years of making grapes for other wineries, they decided to start their own winery in 1979, and they have been producing quality wines ever since. They called the winery St. Francis Winery, named after St. Francis of Assisi, protector of the natural world, and in honor of the Franciscan order, thought to be the first to bring European grape cultivation to America. St. Francis currently has 600 acres under vine in Sonoma County, with many partnerships with other vineyards in the area, including Rockpile Vineyard, Amman Ranch, Leras Ranch, and Pagani Ranch. Each of their wines are produced from 100% hand-picked Sonoma fruit, but that’s not enough to produce such bold, full-bodied wines. It is the hard work of Tom Mackey, Director of Winemaking, and the other winemakers at St. Francis Winery & Vineyards that allows these great wines to be produced, year after year. Read less

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Snooth User: John Andrews
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3.50 5
03/17/2008

First this tried this at the 2008 VinOlivo event in Sonoma in February of this year. I really enjoyed it there so I purchased to bottles recently. I had one last night with some friends and it was a bit tight. The bottle I tasted from at VinOlivo must have been open for a while as it more complete. I'll give it a year or two to see how it evolves.


Snooth User: gknutson
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4.00 5
02/09/2009

I retruned from a trip to Sonoma Valley yesterday after four days of tasting. This was the finest bottle of the trip.



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Our Rockpile Red wine is a cuvée of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Merlot hand-picked in the late fall from Rod & Cathy Park’s Rockpile Vineyard at the 2000 foot elevation. This unique vineyard yields a distinctive crop of grapes due to its combination of elevation, geography, soil, and climate. Deep color and rich flavors, typical of mountain fruit, are abundant in this exceptional wine. Made in limited quantities, this wine is available only at the Winery.

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