Rockledge Vineyards is located in the St. Helena section of Napa Valley in California. The winery produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Merlot.
The 2009 Rockledge Vineyards The Rocks Cabernet Sauvignon was a red blend composed of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot (percentages unavailable). The label listed ABV was 14.5%.
I first tasted The Rocks at a wine tasting at Restaurant Nicholas in 2011. I couldn’t recall my exact impressions so I decided to give the wine another try.
This was a PNP.
The nose was predominantly red and black fruit with nothing standing out. The background had pepper and a touch of pencil.
From the first sip, I was a bit taken aback. The wine was really light for a Cabernet Sauvignon. I would describe it as light-to-medium bodied. Red and black fruit were the initial tastes, although they were both rather nondescript, nothing special. There was also a bit of terroir/minerality.
The tannins were a bit rough from the first pour. As time wore on, the wine opened up a little, but less than I would have liked.
The finish was brief.
Then it hit me, the reason I didn’t recall my exact impressions on the wine is that it was pretty forgettable. There wasn’t any wow factor here at all. It wasn’t a bad bottle, it was just unremarkable.
The 2009 Rockledge Vineyards The Rocks Cabernet Sauvignon retails between $25 and $30. At that level, there are plenty of better options available.