2016 Rockpile Petite Sirah
Varietals: 97% Petite Syrah, 3% Zinfandel
Oak: 60% New French
Cases Produced: 475
One of the smallest American Vinicultural Areas (AVAs), Rockpile could be the most unique place to grow Zinfandel in the world. This vineyard sits high above Lake Sonoma, at elevations of over 800 ft. Erosion on these hillside slopes means very little topsoil, creating poor soil nutrition, ensuring that the vines struggle to ripen what little fruit they can set. The vineyard is located about 15 miles from the coast, so onshore winds constantly irritate the vines, diminishing water retention, and contribute to even lower yields. Moderate temperatures are perfect for ripening redder fruit flavor profiles, with concentration and depth a happy byproduct. This is a unique location producing extraordinary wines.
If you love our Burning Man Petite Sirah, you'll go GAGA over Rockpile. The first hint are the huge, steeped Bing cherry, dark chocolate, and white peppercorn aromas. The flavors include raspberry and exotic spice, supported by robust tannins. This is a monster on every level.