What amazes me the most about this wine, is how over the years this wine has changed and has been so consistent at the same time. As this vineyard has matured, so has my approach to the winemaking. Over the years I continue to work with larger percentages of whole cluster additions which I feel add not only more complexity, but also make this wine more compelling and balanced.
A dark cherry red color with purple tones. An intensely forward, but also backward nose, that soars from the glass, but also pulls you into the glass so you smell each and every aromatic note. Black cherry, rosemary, dark chocolate, dried age beef, crème de cassis, and a touch of cherry wood. An opulent wine from the front-mid and finish of the palate. This wine truly coats every tastebud on your tongue. A true sensory experience.
This vintage reminds me of Hermitage, but with more red earth notes. A total reflection of the aromas is on the palate, but with more pinpoint intensity. Loaded with black and red fruits, roasted earth and lavender, plus enough minerality structure to let this wine age for at least 15 - 20 years.
In 1991, Rod Park and his wife, Cathy converted a dilapidated former sheep ranch into Rockpile Vineyard. This wine comes from the highest and rockiest site at the vineyard, that I just knew had to be planted with Syrah. I had mine set but Rod wanted to leave the grassy and rocky hillside alone. So, in 2002, after many bottles of wine kicked in, I talked him into it, and next thing you know, we are planting Syrah on the top of the hill!
Welcome Buffalo Hill Syrah. The wine name and label was inspired by his hand-carved wooden buffalo which stands as the vineyard's sentinel, watching over and protecting it. Rod was a past Chancellor at University of Colorado Boulder, the buffalo their mascot. Now, the Syrah's icon.
Rockpile is one of the smallest AVA’s in the nation, producing ultra-premium hillside fruit. Power and intensity are the trademark for our flagship wine. No other Syrah in California is like it. It's craggy soil produces some of the most complex and distinctive minerality in all of California.
Vineyard: Rockpile, sustainably farmed, vines planted in 2002
Planted at 2010-ft. elevation of granite, loam, clay, quartz, it's the heaviest, rockiest, and steepest vineyard at Rockpile. This elevation puts more stress on the vines producing thick-skinned and small berries. The granite adds a mineral backbone to the weight that the clay creates in the wine.
Vinification: 100% Syrah, 80 cases produced.
The fruit is hand-picked then cold-soaked. I gently foot-stomp the fruit of which 30% is whole cluster, the rest is whole berry and de-stemmed. None is crushed. The wine goes through open-top, then 100% Malolactic fermentation and aged 18 months in large-format 100% new French oak barrels. Will age effortlessly in the Cohn Zone: drink now - 2040.
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