Trecini 2014 Rockpile Zinfandel
One of the regions finest appellations for growing Zinfandel is the heralded ‘Rockpile’ AVA in the northern realms of the Dry Creek Valley. Rockpile is unique in that there are no wineries within the borders of the AVA. However, winemakers have long considered this region a hidden gem and compete to secure grapes from fewer than a dozen Rockpile growers each year. Because the temperature in Rockpile is moderate throughout the growing season, harvest of several grape varieties can be pushed until late fall, resulting in intense flavor profiles. The grapes grown for this wine came from several different blocks, which included 4 different clones taken from old vine block plantings of Zinfandel throughout Sonoma County. St. Peters Church clone is one of these clones, which has shown more than a few exceptional qualities grown in these sparse and rugged rock strewn soils that typify Rockpile. A vibrant purplish color is followed by aromatics that are the pure essence of what Mountain fruit is all about. We’re talking hot blackberry pie wafting in the air on a warm sunny day. The 2014 Rockpile Zinfandel showcases ripe raspberries, cola, spice, and wild berry brambles. Sweet tobacco and cocoa powder add complexity. Bright berry flavors linger throughout a long, long smooth finish. The round, supple tannins and concentrated flavors speak to the specificity of the Rockpile terroir. This juicy Zinfandel demonstrates elegance and balance.