Rockpile Sonoma County




93 pts
Madrone Spring Vineyard
Rockpile 2010
Intense, deeply fruity, highly ripened and layered in its mix of vital blackberry notes with a light touch of blueberry, caramelized vanilla and hints of mocha, this wine follow in the footsteps of its * * * sibling from the 2009 vintage. There is a rich quality here that speaks to first class winemaking and reminds a bit of top shelf Pinot Noir, but for all that, this wine is exuberantly Zinfandel from first to last and seems likely to last in the bottle for years to come.
Reviewed: January 2013



And the winners are…

STEPHEN ELIOT’S Best of the Wines
BEEKEEPER Zinfandel Madrone Spring Vineyard 2009
FREESTONE Chardonnay Pastorale Vineyard 2009
J. SCHRAM Sparkling Wine 2005
KOSTA BROWNE Pinot Noir Gap’s Crown Vineyard 2010
MERRY EDWARDS Pinot Noir Meredith Estate 2009
OJAI VINEYARD Syrah Presidio Vineyard 2006
RAVENSWOOD Zinfandel Old Hill 2009
STOLPMAN Syrah/Sangiovese “La Croce” 2010
RIDGE Zinfandel Lytton Springs 2009
TREFETHEN Cabernet Sauvignon HaLo 2006

CHARLES OLKEN’S Best of the Wines
CHAPPELLET Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill 2009
DuMOL Pinot Noir estate Russian River Valley 2009
DRAGONETTE Pinot Noir Black Label (Reserve) 2010
FREESTONE Chardonnay Pastorale Vineyard 2009
J Brut Late Disgorged Russian River 2001
LAETITIA Pinot Noir La Coupelle Arroyo Grande 2008
OLSON OGDEN Syrah Unti Vineyard Dry Creek 2009
LEWIS Chardonnay Napa Valley 2010
STOLPMAN Syrah/Sangiovese “La Croce” 2010
STORYBOOK MTN Estate Reserve 2009


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