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The 2008 vintage started off with a very dry spring, which produced small clusters, small berries, and less canopy overall. Frost visited many area vineyards over several nights in April, but Rockaway was spared thanks to its steeply sloping aspect, which tends to drain the coldest air away to the valley floor. After a yield-reducing hot spell in the middle of May, the main growing season was without incident, with warm to hot days and cool nights the rule. Hand-picked at dawn, Rockaway was harvested block by block between October 7th and October 24th.
Established in 1994, Rockaway is planted mostly to cabernet sauvignon and merlot, but includes all five of the classic Bordeaux varieties. Rising up to an elevation of 750 feet, the land generally slopes northeast and southwest, with soils comprised of gravelly clay subsoil over fractured sandstone. This well-drained, low pH earth tends to encourage the production of small-berried clusters, ideal for making a bold, concentrated cabernet sauvignon with juicy red and black fruit character, and an elegantly round and seductive mid-palate.