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This vintage is stunning, the first comeback from the drought years. Although the crop was small, the flavors are amazingly intense, with layers and complexity as good as any we've ever released over the last 12 years, since we first began working with this selection of vineyards in Rockpile Ridge, the Mountains above Lake Sonoma.
2023 Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition - GOLD
Houston Rodeo & Livestock Show Wine Competition - GOLD
There are a few key factors that set the Rockpile AVA apart from neighboring appellations, one of the most distinctive being an elevation requirement. Vineyards must be at an elevation of 800 feet or higher to be included in the Rockpile AVA. Another feature that contributes to this unique terroir is the proximity to Lake Sonoma. The lake holds its temperature, creating an inversion layer that sucks the fog down to its surface. This keeps these high elevation vineyards virtually fog free, with great sun exposure. Additionally, the extreme terrain of steep hillsides and shallow soils cause the vines to struggle, resulting in low yields of highly concentrated fruit. Perched over 1200 feet in elevation above Lake Sonoma, these Ridgeline blocks sit above the fog and have the ideal combination of soils, sunshine and coastal influence.
All five varieties were picked, sorted, fermented and barrel aged separately in 100% French oak. Through multiple blending trials, varying the percentage of each variety slightly, Guy is able to craft a beautifully balanced blend. Inspired by the traditions of Bordeaux, while showcasing the terroir of the Rockpile AVA, this wine is a true expression of Rockpile Ridge. The objective in crafting this wine is to not only have the ultimate in complexity and balance - but a combination of richness and respect to the traditions of these grapes, which is the best of both new and old worlds.