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2018 The Confessor,  Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre Blend, Rockpile

2018 The Confessor, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre Blend, Rockpile

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Our wine club members have exclusive access to this exceptional, sought after wine blend from Rockpile.

Vineyard Notes
Vineyard Notes
Rockpile AVA was Established in 2002. Rockpile is 15,000 acres of rocky,  mountainous land. It's influenced by Lake Sonoma which is a manmade reservoir.  Rockpile lies at the northern tip of the AVA.  It sits above 2000 feet above sea level and 10 miles from the pacific ocean,  setting these vines above the fog layer. At this elevation, the vines are gently cooled by onshore breezes.  2018 offered winemakers an exceptional year. Rockpile had a long growing season with moderate temperatures. Sonoma encountered an increase in rainfall in the spring, with some notable heat spikes in mid-summer months.  However, it was a mild summer which created tolerable conditions for fruit to mature slowly without additional heat stress.  The 2018 vintage offered excellent growing conditions. A mild winter followed by an early spring started the year off early. Sonoma County did not suffer any heat waves or fires this summer, so the ripening was slow and steady.  This vintage will be characterized by good acidities and lower alcohols. This is a notable vintage and worthy of collectors to hold on to.
Tasting Notes
Tasting Notes
This blend is 66 % Grenache, 23% Syrah and 11% Mourvèdre. This blend is what you would see being produced more notably from Cote de Rhone. It has a complexity that can only be attributed to the 3 varietals. This wine introduces itself with the Grenache, offering a fruity mouthful of blackberry. The power houses of Syrah and Mourvèdre give this wine its back bone and structure leading to a herbaceous and peppery finish.
Winemaker Notes
Winemaker Notes
The fruit  was sourced from Branham Vineyards planted in 1994 with a  well established root system we are able to get high quality berries.  The fruit coming from this location deliveries consistency year after year. We wanted to offer our club members a blend that would enhance their food pairings and this is it.
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Food Pairing
Food Pairing Notes
Grilled Ribeye with Herbed Garlic butter
Wine Specs
Wine Specs
Vineyard Designation
Branham Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 10, 2019
Bottling Date
May 24, 2021
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