Vintage 2014
Wine Type Red
Varietal Zinfandel
Winemaker Harry Hansen

The beauty and grace of our Rockpile Zinfandel is a culmination of its unique climate, soil, and pedigree. Bold, dark fruit, black pepper, cocoa, and toasted oak spices join big tannins and red fruit tones that lends elegance and aging potential. This limited release wine was crafted exclusively for our wine club members and guests of our winery in Calistoga.

Tasting Notes

The Sterling Vineyards Rockpile Zinfandel is inviting with aromas of blackberry jam, baked berry pie, cured meat and black pepper spice. The powerful, mouth filling palate has bold flavors of blackberry, raspberry, sweet oak and spice. The wine is round, with a firm yet supple and approachable structure.  

Winemaking

Because Zinfandel’s large clusters can develop unevenly, we allowed the fruit to hang on the vine, patiently waiting for even cluster maturity and the development of rich, jammy fruit character. Gentle hand harvesting and cold soaking of the grapes prior to fermentation preserved their intricate nuances. During fermentation, we performed regular pump-overs several times a day, keeping skins and juice in constant contact for maximum extraction of aromas and flavors. We aged the wine in French and American oak barrels for 18 months, contributing both structure and spice to the overall wine.
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