2019 Rockpile "Buck Pasture" Red Wine
59% Cabernet Sauvignon 23% Merlot 12% Malbec 4% Cabernet Franc 2% Petit Verdot
22 months in oak barrels 100% French
Often there is so much focus on the weather that leads up to the ripening stage of the growing season that little focus is given to the final 6+ weeks. This period can either extend the window of the harvest period, with foggy mornings and low daily high temperatures, or quickly hasten it, with hot days and warm nights. In 2019, after the onset of veraison, Mother Nature delivered such fair weather that we had the pleasure of being able to delay pick decisions by 6+ days, to encourage the nuances of aromas and flavors. The result is a very nuanced and detailed expression of all five traditional Bordeaux varietals we grow in Rockpile.
This youthful and brooding vintage of Buck Pasture has intriguing aromas of ripe black fruits dusted with black truffle, crushed anise seed, wild underbrush and sweet forest floor. It’s dense and full-bodied, with sweet flavors of creamed coffee grounds and hints of red fruits and dried herbs. The balanced and lingering finish reveals a wine that will yield great rewards with patient aging. Enjoy over the next 2 to 12 years.