Our 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is a return to Rockpile for us and we couldn’t be happier. On the nose are layers of black cherry, cassis, leather and sandalwood. Hints of vanilla and touches of warm baking spices lend to the complexity. The palate is stunningly fruit forward on the front: deep concentrated blackberry and boysenberry are complemented by more subtle black cherry and even a touch of roasted strawberry jam. The palate opens up to big, broad tannins that are bold and balanced. This wine is delicious and might be one of my favorites to showcase the stellar 2014 vintage. Pair with pink peppercorn crusted tri-tip or any of your favorite grilled meats.
Rockpile is such a special appellation. From the proximity to the coast, sitting above the fog line and the steeply terraced vines, one can see where the immense flavors and intensity in the wines originate.
2014 was another dream harvest. It was a dry, warm growing season with a smaller crop size. The harvest was a little earlier than usual.This Rockpile Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested first thing in the morning by hand from the incredibly steep, terraced hillside. The grapes were hand sorted both in the vineyard and at the winery before being crushed and destemmed. The grapes were cold soaked for 5 days to extract the maximum amount of flavor, then inoculated and fermented on the skins for 18 days. After being gently pressed off the skins, the wine was moved to 25% new French oak and the remainder used oak barrels where it completed malolactic and was racked twice in the 22 months before being bottled.
477 cases made