The 2018 vintage has rich and warm aromas of a ripe boysenberry thicket, toasted all-spice, clove, roasted coffee beans and the first rain after a warm dry spell. The palate is juicy and voluptuous with lengthy tannins and incredible viscosity and length. This wine is absolutely delicious and definitely something that is tasting great right now but will continue to age if stored properly for up to ten years.
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.
Our Rockpile Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested by hand from steeply trellised terrain starting at daybreak. The grapes were hand sorted both in the vineyard and in the winery before being crushed and destemmed to an open top fermentation tank. The grapes were cold soaked for 5 days to extract the maximum amount of flavor, then inoculated and fermented on the skins for 15 days. After being gently pressed off the skins, the wine was moved to 30% new French oak and the remainder used oak barrels where it completed malolactic fermentation and was racked only once in the 26 months before being bottled.
I absolutely love working with this vineyard year after year. 2018 was such a perfect vintage here in Sonoma County and our 2018 Rockpile Cabernet is stellar.