Named after Charles' mother, Roma Jean, the Roma River Rock wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, coming entirely from the River Rock Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley. Owned and farmed by Dana Dibble, a 3rd generation orchardist-turned-viticulturist, this site is located in the old Walla Walla River bed; the soil is rocky and with great drainage. The Syrah sourced is the Tablas Creek clone, which thrives in the big river stone cobble. This is the warmest site in the Walla Walla Valley, and tends to produce exceptionally full-bodied wines. This vineyard flew under the radar for several years, but Charles knew this was an incredible property when he laid eyes on it. So, he gets the grapes for a very favorable price, and he keeps his prices favorable to you…the consumer!
2017 was a fantastic year for making wine with a cool spring and a fair amount of rain. The moderate temperatures during summer were perfect for small clusters and delayed veraison into the fall, where a consistent ripening season allowed the fruit to achieve near perfect tannin and flavor without losing acidity or acquiring too much alcohol. Overall, 2017 was a vintage to remember.
Wine Spectator reviewed this wine at 95 points and called it "impressive for its structure and polish". Jeb Dunnuck gave this 94 points and calls this a "killer wine". We have the lowest price in the country for this wine, and once you couple that with these lofty scores, you can surely see why we expect this wine to GO FAST!!
WINE SPECTATOR 95 POINTS - "Impressive for its structure and polish, a wine that seamlessly marries Cabernet and Syrah while retaining the best of both, showing blackberry, black olive and smoky cured meat flavors, with lots of cracked pepper. Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Drink now through 2030. 713 cases made."
JEB DUNNUCK 94 POINTS - "The 2017 Roma comes from the River Rock Vineyard in the Rocks region of Walla Walla and checks in as 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Syrah. There are around 700 cases of this killer wine, which has a big, sappy nose of white pepper, spice box, green tobacco, and cedar pencil. It shows more and more fruit with time in the glass, is medium to full-bodied, and has a great mid-palate and ultra-fine tannins. While the Cabernet component certainly dominates, there's plenty of Syrah pepperiness. I like it today, yet it should evolve gracefully for 10-15 years with no issues."