The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater
The Wines: Concrete Mama, Wonderful Nightmare, Merlot
As the country’s newest AVA, The Rocks of Milton - Freewater has received its fair share of attention in the wine world.
Sprouting from heavy cobblestone and fractured basalt, the world-class vineyards of “The Rocks District” have no comparison. Wine Spectator calls this AVA “perhaps America’s most distinctive example of terroir." “There is no other place on Earth like it,” agrees Ali. 12,000 - 15,000 years ago, massive floods swept through the Pacific Northwest caused by ruptures in the ice dam that held Montana's glacial Lake Missoula. These floods left behind cobblestone and pebbles made of basalt, forming a 12-square mile alluvial fan of 3,770 acres. The chemistry of this soil is different from that of its surroundings, and the coarse landscape allows for excessive drainage causing vines to cast roots far deeper than in silty soil. The stones heat up during the day, absorbing the sun’s energy and sending it deep into the land. The heat also radiates upwards, warming grape clusters day and night. Our 18-acre Estate vineyard is a perfect example of the geology the area is known for -- studded with beautiful basalt cobblestones and bedded in rich soils. It is currently in development, with planting overseen by Napa/Sonoma grape-growing legend, Phil Coturri. Learn more about The Rocks District.