Every new vintage is an opportunity to look ahead and reflect back. And we’d like to think we’ve learned a thing or two. But we certainly have a soft spot in our hearts for these wines that are no longer available for sale.
2012 Rockpile Zinfandel A “zin for pinot lovers,” the 2012 exhibits a balanced and delicate nose while still remaining true to its Rockpile pedigree. Brambles and dried dark fruits are the most forward elements on the nose, with warm spices like clove and Asian 5-spice vibrating in perfect harmony. But it’s the smooth, full mouth-feel that makes this a truly special zinfandel bottling. Kerith’s deft touch and decision to barrel the 2012 in 100% French oak elevates our 2012 Rockpile to a whole new level of deliciousness. Drink now through 2024.
2012 Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands The 2012 is our most perfumed and aromatic bottling yet from the Soberanes Vineyard. Held back for a full year of bottle aging (after 11 months in French oak, 33% new), this wine exhibits a beautiful nose highlighted by dark fruits, brambles, and a hint of leathery and loamy earth. Seamlessly integrated cigar box and sweet cedar round out the aromatics. The wine has a full and voluptuous mouth-feel with well-balanced tannins and smooth finish. This pinot is delicious to drink now and will continue to improve through 2021.
2012 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Torrey Hill Vineyard) Our very first vintage from our home ranch Torrey Hill, this wine is all about the cherry – bing cherry, black cherry, and cherry hard candy. The delicate red fruit shines through with a singular purity kissed by minimal oak influence. This wine showcases a lighter, ethereal, and more feminine style of pinot noir. Drink 2014-2020. Label art by Bruno, Amelia, and Lily.
2012 Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast This wine features black cherry and raspberry that are overlaid with nutmeg, allspice, and Asian 5 spice. Cedar and sweet tobacco round out the seductive aromatics. Cherry pie with lively acid bursts in your mouth and through the finish. The 2012 has more grip and texture than 2011, with enough tannin and vibrant acidity to weather cellar age. Drink 2014-2024. 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast + Cellar Selection
2012 Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast Vibrant red fruit with juicy cranberry, watermelon Jolly Rancher candy, and sweet summer raspberries provides smooth and easy drinking. Sarsaparilla, rich sandalwood and cola round out the low notes. This wine has developed lovely mid palate weight and fine grain tannins. Drink 2014-2020.
2011 Rocky Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel, Rockpile
The 2011 Rocky Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel showcases brambly dark fruit with sweet tobacco, black licorice, cocoa, and dried herbs. The mouth coating, velvety tannins create a luscious, long finish. This zinfandel possesses spectacular structure, layered complexity, and balance. It’s the perfect yin-yang of dark berries and savory spices. Enjoy it with grilled meats. Drink now through 2018.
2011 Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands
Sweet ripe strawberries and raspberries are intertwined with warm, toasty oak and hints of roasted espresso. Exuding wild berry brambles and even sage, this brooding pinot noir has a supple mouth feel and fine grain tannins. Bright acid offers ample juiciness with each sip. The sexiest part of all is the ultra smooth finish. Drink 2014-2020.
2011 Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
A burst of ripe summer berries sits atop toasty cedar. Fragrant and alluring, sweet juicy raspberry and a soft, round mouth feel express the beauty of this special vineyard. This is everything a pinot should be – perfumed, berry-licious, and addictively delicious. Drink from late 2013-2020. 92 Points from Wine Enthusiast.
2011 ‘Caritas Cuvee” Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley Pomegranite, cranberry, rose petal, and sweet cedar characterize this easy drinking, every day pinot noir. A pop or red hard candy on the mid-palate adds vibrant flavor. This lighter style pinot noir is food friendly and ready to drink now. Drink now through 2018. 91 Points from Wine Enthusiast.
2010 Deer Meadows Vineyard Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley This delicate and elegant pinot noir displays aromas of wild strawberries, earth, and sweet cedar. With patience, the nose unfurls seductive whiffs of sweet, red fruit. The restrained nose belies bright flavors of cherry spice and juicy red berries. With a pop or red raspberry in the mid-palate, this medium bodied pinot is smooth, easy drinking, and a perfect food friendly choice. 93 Points from Wine & Spirits! 90 Points and Cellar Selection from Wine Enthusiast!
2010 Wildcat Mountain Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast Dark cherry, cola, spice, and sarsaparilla with light lilac top notes characterize this incredibly smooth Sonoma Coast offering. Tasting of pure ripe, candied fruit, this juicy, complex pinot tantalizes with vibrant acid and a lively pop. Expressive, layered and beautiful, this pinot just keeps evolving in the glass. It’s another Sonoma Coast crowd pleaser. 92 Points from Pinot Report! 89 Points from Wine Enthusiast!
2010 Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir – Santa Lucia Highlands With a deep, intense ruby-garnet hue, this pinot expresses dark ripe fruit and exotic berry. Laced with Chinese cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and clove, the spicy notes balance the big, ripe fruit in our most full bodied offering. Sweet tobacco and oak contribute to the fuller tannins and rich intensity. 93 Point from Wine Enthusiast!
2010 Rocky Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel, Rockpile The 2010 Rocky Ridge Vineyard 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. Enjoy it with grilled meats and robust braises. Drink now through 2017.
2009 Doctor’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands
The 2009 Doctor’s Vineyard seduces with whiffs of mushroom, pipe smoke, and damp earth surrounding a dark berry core. Hallmark leather, clove, and blackberry brambles honor this wine’s Santa Lucia Highlands pedigree. A blast of raspberry and cocoa deliver velvety tannins and a lush mouth feel. Drink through 2015. (92 Points & Cellar Selection – Wine Enthusiast).
2009 Hayley Vineyard Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley
This lighter-style pinot in the Burgundian tradition showcases a fruit basket of bright red cranberry, strawberry, and raspberry plus cola, rhubarb, cardamom and curry. Flavors of spice cake, red candy and currant marry lively acid to restrained tannins. Drink now through 2015. (90 Points & Cellar Selection – Wine Enthusiast).
2009 Split Rock Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
Our most full-bodied and lusty offering, this pinot is dripping with stewed cherries, dense plum, and rich berries. Bursting ripe fruit is tempered by savory notes of black tea, cedar, and spice box. With more tannin and a layered complexity, this is the most age worthy of our 2009 pinots. (90 Points & Cellar Selection – Wine Enthusiast).
2008 Doctor’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands
On the nose the wine exhibits beautiful notes of ripe plums, raspberries, and blackberries, a background of baking spices and clove, and just a hint of warm earth and leather. On the palate the wine has an uncommonly smooth and sexy mouth feel and a lingering, long finish. Our inaugural vintage (91 Points – Wine Enthusiast).