2021 Rockpile "Buck Pasture" Red Wine
65% Cabernet Sauvignon 13% Cabernet Franc 12% Malbec 8% Petit Verdot 2% Merlot
22 months in oak barrels 100% French
Our 2021 Buck Pasture takes full advantage of this incredible fruit. It’s multi-dimensional on the nose, with intriguing aromas of red and dark fruits, sweet forest floor, sweet spice, dark cacao and savory herbs. While it’s generous on the palate, both in its fruit layers and richness, it ultimately represents a rare glimpse into the softer side of Rockpile. This excellent wine should be cherished over the next 2 to 12 years.
At the time of budbreak in late March, we had only received about 20 percent of our annual rainfall, so many growers decided early on to drop fruit earlier in the season to preserve vine strength and to keep fruit exposure moderate. Despite this dry growing season, the ripening period that followed from mid-August to late October was nearly flawless. The long warm Fall days created the opportunity for grapes to linger on the vines, patiently waiting to be harvested at their ultimate balance of flavor, freshness and intensity.