Most countries globally require that alcohol websites restrict access to users who are of legal drinking age, which is why we ask you to confirm your year of birth before you can access this website. By selecting the “Remember Me” option, you consent to us using cookies to remember the validation of your year of birth. The cookie will remember this validation, but not your year of birth, for 30 days (after which time you will be prompted to enter your year of birth again) and will be valid for any other website within our brand portfolio.

Do not use the “Remember Me” option if you share your device with others, especially minors.

See our Privacy Policy for information on how TWE handles your personal information.

Hide Remember Me and Other Important Notices
Sterling Vineyards

Processing. Please wait a moment ...

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.
Top