Type: Red Wine
The Branham Rockpile Vineyard is remote and at the outer limits of accessibility. The site is composed of many small blocks characterized by steep slopes, poor soils, and intense wind exposure.
Planted by Gary Branham in 1991, it is the oldest Zinfandel vineyard in the Rockpile AVA, and, at a base elevation of 1500sf, it is the highest Zinfandel vineyard in the Rockpile AVA. The vineyard sits above the fog line where it receives direct sunlight in the afternoon, however mornings, evenings, and nights are cold helping to preserve the fruit’s acid. Against the odds, the vineyard is also dry-farmed. The lack of surface water forces the vines to extend roots into the volcanic rocky soils that are high in magnesium and iron.
The result is a complex, layered Zinfandel with backbone and structure. Currant, plum and blackberry flavors are supported by sharp acidity, remaining fresh and vibrant through the finish.