2019 Rockpile Cabernet Sauvignon
Rockpile Ridge Vineyard
76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Malbec, 10% Petit Verdo, 1% Merlot
20 months in oak barrels 100% French
Ripe red and black fruits dusted with sweet loam, mineral, and baker’s chocolate. With further aeration, this Cabernet Sauvignon reveals distinctive notes of dried underbrush and candied violet. Full and fleshy, with incredible purity through the mid palate; juicy red fruits, vanilla notes, and a return of mineral. Energetic and persistent. Please enjoy this beautiful wine over the next 10+ years.
Often there is so much focus on the weather that leads up to the ripening stage that little focus is given to the last 6+ weeks. This period can either extend the window of the harvest period, with foggy mornings and low daily highs, 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 in the absence of elevated sugar levels, to encourage the nuances of aromas and flavors. The result is an energetic and detailed expression of Cabernet Sauvignon with the expected staying power of a Rockpile wine.