Library! 2011 Rockpile Cabernet Sauvignon
Rockpile Ridge Vineyard
When you have great vineyards, you always have the opportunity to make great wine! Vineyard location, or terrior, is always of the utmost importance. In the 2011 vintage, which was characterized by the early rains, having the ideal vineyard site meant the difference between producing a world class wine and possibly not even harvesting your fruit. This vintage harkens to its Bordeaux roots with emphasis on finesse and subtlety versus heavy extraction and over-ripeness.
The nose is full of dark fruit, cigar box, earthen spice, and sweet oak. Lush on the entry, the wine has outstanding weight, especially for the vintage. Intense flavors of cherry cola and black currant give way to the more subtle nuances of chocolate, espresso and ripe olive. The depth of the 2011 Rockpile Cabernet Sauvignon is only overshadowed by its amazing balance, showing restrained acid on the finish. Prototypical of this appellation: Broad and complex tannins give this wine the wherewithal to age gracefully for the next 8-10 years.