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Rockpile Vineyard

Rockpile, Sonoma

a close up picture of syrah vines and grape clusters found in rockpile vineyard

Rockpile is one of the smallest AVAs in the nation, producing ultra-premium hillside fruit. In 1991, Rod and Cathy Park converted a dilapidated former sheep ranch into Rockpile Vineyard.

At 2010-ft. elevation, the vineyard sites are hilly and of course, rocky. Above the fog line, the vineyard's terroir stresses the vines, but the average temperature range from 50 - 80º provides for a wonderful growing season, allowing for full ripening. The soil composition of granite, loam, clay, and quartz gives the fruit a strong mineral component. Altogether, this vineyard yields amazing fruit. Each Rockpile Syrah is truly unique in its depth and profile.

I began working with this sustainably farmed vineyard in 1998 and still love it because I know Syrah planted at high elevations in rocky soils are a match made in heaven.

Wines Produced

Buffalo Hill Syrah

100% Syrah, vines planted in 2000, the flagship


So Serine Syrah

100% Syrah, vines planted in 2000, limited, only one barrel produced


Domaine des Chirats Syrah

100% Syrah, vines planted in 1998, a Yves Cuilleron collaboration


Rockpile Syrah Haley

100% Syrah, vines planted in 2000, named for our younger daughter


Pure Yum

67% Rockpile Syrah


Iris Brut Rosé

20% Rockpile Syrah, named for my mother, Iris 


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