"The nose is a bouquet of fresh strawberry and rose petal. Soft and delicate on the entry, the wine has beautiful texture without being weighty. The reality that this is a Rockpile wine is evident with the complexity of flavors: hints of mineral, fresh cut flowers, red fruits, and herbs linger on the palate. Bright and clean on the finish, as a Rose should be, please enjoy this wine in over the course of the next 12-18 months." - Winery
"With over 270 acres of estate vineyards and close relationships with longtime growers throughout Sonoma County, we are able to source and manage our favorite blocks from each vineyard throughout the growing season and select the most premium fruit during harvest. Each vineyard and appellation we source from carry particular qualities in either the terroir or the farming style that we look for when considering a Mauritson wine release. Detailed notes on each vineyards are located at left." - Winery
"Straddling the ridge between the two arms of Lake Sonoma is Rockpile AVA. One of the newest appellations in California, Rockpile's location and history can be described in one word: DRAMATIC!"
"Our great-great-great grandfather S.P. Hallengren first planted vines on the Rockpile valley floor in 1884, shipping every ounce of his wine back to Sweden. Our family's Rockpile homestead and ranch grew to 4,000 acres by the early 1960s when all but 700 ridgetop acres was taken by the Army Corps of Engineers in order to develop Lake Sonoma. The vineyards shown in many of our historical family photos are now under water!"
"For the ranch families left on "the Ridge," the steep hillsides and rocky terrain seemed mainly suitable for sheep grazing and wild pig hunting. It was not until the early 1990s that the first acres of modern-era vines were planted and thrived. Brothers Thomas and Chris soon followed suit, developing 45 acres of vineyards between their Rockpile Ridge Vineyards and Rocky Ridge Vineyards and discovering that Rockpile held great potential for ultra premium mountain fruit."
"What makes Rockpile so unique? The appellation is located at the Northwest edge of Dry Creek Valley where the two appellations actually overlap. All of the vineyards within the Rockpile AVA range from between 800 - 2000 ft. in elevation. Although Rockpile is located just 13 miles from the coast, Lake Sonoma provides an inversion layer that prevents the heavier fog that typically blankets other Northern California appellations, allowing for longer, more consistent sun exposure. Moisture and daytime temperatures are regulated by howling coastal breezes, and in many cases, steep slopes and rocky terrain require non-motorized vine management. Running through our Rockpile Ridge Vineyards is the Healdsburg-Rogers Creek Fault, a dominant earthquake fault in Northern California, and you can see why the story of Rockpile is pure geo-political drama!"
"We are thrilled to manage the development of so many different varietals and clones and also be able to make wines with such complexity from this truly unique appellation." - Winery