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Rockledge Vineyards

Rockledge Vineyards
360 Taplin Rd
St. Helena, CAMAP
(707) 963-5488

Rockledge Vineyards is located 600 feet above the Napa Valley floor in the eastern part of the St Helena AVA. The vineyard’s slope is up to 25% and has a southwest exposure. Peter and Linda Snowden founded Rockledge in 1998, and hired winemaker Mike Hirby in 2003.

Mr. Hirby works with vineyard manager Steve DeLoera and consultant Doug Hill. The Cabernet Sauvignon vines are comprised of a variety of different clones grafted onto carefully selected rootstocks based on the soil and the desired effect.

Not surprising, the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon “The Rocks” is made from the rocky soils of the Snowdens’ estate vineyard. It was aged in 90% new French oak barrels for 18 months. 356 cases of this wine were produced.

The 2003 Rockledge Vineyards Primitivo is a concentrated, flavorful wine. Related to Zinfandel, Primitivo has smaller berries and a higher skin to juice ratio. This wine was harvested in 50% new French oak barrels. 750 cases were produced.

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