We dabbled in delicious wines over the Christmas weekend. Mostly from Oregon. One stood out from the pack. Rockblock from Domaine Sereneâ€”a syrah from the southern part of the state, hundreds of miles from the Willamette Valley.
Grapes for Rockblock are sourced entirely from Del Rio Vineyard in the Rogue Valley appellation of southern Oregon, just north of Medford, overlooking the Rogue River. The vineyard is planted to the Noir clone on 101-14 and SO4 rootstocks. Soils are rocky clay loam, very well drained and planted 1088 vines per acre.
We found it on the wine list at Bateaux on Ladyâ€™s Island and ordered two bottles. Now, Iâ€™m going to have to ask Claude, our local wine retailer, to bring it in for us.