95 Pts Jeb Dunnuck - The 2017 Syrah Rockpile Vineyard is another huge success in the vintage. From a great site in the Rockpile AVA of Sonoma County, its deep purple color is followed by a great bouquet of blueberries, iron, crushed rocks, ground pepper, and hints of smoked game. Structured and tannic on the palate, it reminds me of a young Cornas and needs 4-5 years of bottle age. It’s seriously impressive, though, and should have 15 years of overall longevity.
At 2010 ft. elevation the 490 clone from these two vineyard blocks add different components, one produces elegance and finesse, the other provides intensity and depth. Together they are truly harmonious. Farming techniques: Trellis Age of vines: 20 years Avg Temp: 50-80 degrees Avg Harvest Date: mid-October
Vinification: 40% whole cluster, de-stemmed, not crushed, open top fermenters, punch downs 5 x day
In the summer of 2000, I started looking for a Syrah vineyard that would speak to me. After a 2 1/2 hour drive and three gates later, I arrived at the 2010 ft. elevation Rockpile Vineyard. Between the subtle slopes, and the rocky soils, I knew this was and is still the place for great Syrah! I feel all wines have personalities. Thus due to the fact that my youngest daughter is a touch stubborn and hard headed, and Rockpile is full of very hard rocks, my daughter Haley's name has adorned this wine from day one.
2016 - 96 Pts, 2015 - 95 Pts, 2014 - 97 Pts; 2013 - 96 Pts, 95 Pts; 2012 - 94 Pts
Age 4-5 year and expect 15 years of overall longevity