Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Alexander Valley Harris Kratka Vineyard 2009

Member Review by EMark:

Deep dark red plum color. Oaky, musty nose. Fairly big in the mouth. Very fruity on the tip of the tongue--plum, cherry--almost, not quite, sweet. Rough tannin and oak are noticeably. This one points to the big jammy Zinfandel style that you either love or hate, but it really doesn't go there. Looking forward to having this one with a grilled sirloin in a little bit. US$29.99 last July.

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Rosenblum Cellars:
In 1978, veterinarian Dr. Kent Rosenblum and his wife Kathy founded Rosenblum Cellars. Over the years Rosenblum has been hailed as one of the top American wineries and called a “mecca for zin-fanatics.” Embodying nearly three decades of winemaking tradition, Rosenblum has evolved from a passionate home-winemaking operation into a world-class winery. Today, Rosenblum Cellars is recognized as on... Read more
In 1978, veterinarian Dr. Kent Rosenblum and his wife Kathy founded Rosenblum Cellars. Over the years Rosenblum has been hailed as one of the top American wineries and called a “mecca for zin-fanatics.” Embodying nearly three decades of winemaking tradition, Rosenblum has evolved from a passionate home-winemaking operation into a world-class winery. Today, Rosenblum Cellars is recognized as one of North America’s most acclaimed producers of zinfandel and Rhône varietal wines. After years of making wine out of their family home, the Rosenblums took their love of winemaking to the next level in 1978. In partnership with several close friends they established Rosenblum Cellars. With Kathy acting as his assistant winemaker and helping with the crush, Kent made Rosenblum Cellars’ first vineyard designated zinfandel. Made using fruit from the now-renowned Cullinane Vineyard in Sonoma County, this wine won praise and began to establish Rosenblum Cellars’ reputation as a winery with a talent for zinfandel. Inspired by his early success, Kent began to refine both his philosophical and stylistic approach to winemaking. He focused on crafting exceptional vineyard designated wines using grapes farmed from mountainside, head-pruned, old vines. With many wineries touting their estate vineyards, Kent chose a different path, deciding instead to create a diverse palette of fruit for Rosenblum Cellars. From Sonoma and Napa, to Santa Barbara, Paso Robles and beyond, Kent actively sought out the best vineyards and growers in California. In the winery, he mixed traditional and innovative winemaking techniques to craft soft and sumptuous wines that celebrated the distinctive terroir and character of each vineyard. To honor the commitment made by his vineyard partners, Kent personally oversees every wine. “We are like thirty little wineries rolled into one. We may have 120 small lots of grapes, but each is managed as if it is the only one. Specific yeasts are carefully selected for each lot. Fermentation is done in very small batches. We punch down by hand. All of this is quite labor intensive, but it is gentle and yields a more complex, balanced wine than more automated processes.” By 1987, Rosenblum Cellars had moved to its current home in Alameda, California. Through constant refinement of traditional methods and selective use of new technology, Kent and his winemaking team keep Rosenblum Cellars at the forefront of enology. From the picking of riper fruit to manage tannin bitterness, to the use of more than 30 strains of yeast from around the world, and barrels from 55 different coopers in the United States, France, Hungary, Australia and Russia, Kent and his team work constantly to perfect their methods. The last decade has been an exceptional one for Rosenblum Cellars. The winery has continued to gain the respect and appreciation of both the public and its peers, and has been honored with numerous gold medals and 90-plus scores. Still loved for its world-class zinfandels, Rosenblum has also established a reputation for crafting acclaimed Rhône varietals in its own ripe and robust style. This unique approach has culminated in a diverse portfolio of award-winning wines in several categories, including its Reserves, Vineyard Designates, Appellation Series and Cuvée Series. Rosenblum Cellars is currently distributed in every state and sixteen countries. Read less
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Member Reviews for Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Alexander Valley Harris Kratka Vineyard

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Snooth User: EMark
8478046,119
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 01/04/2012

Deep dark red plum color. Oaky, musty nose. Fairly big in the mouth. Very fruity on the tip of the tongue--plum, cherry--almost, not quite, sweet. Rough tannin and oak are noticeably. This one points to the big jammy Zinfandel style that you either love or hate, but it really doesn't go there. Looking forward to having this one with a grilled sirloin in a little bit. US$29.99 last July.


Snooth User: EMark
8478046,119
1.50 5
Vintage: 2006 09/10/2014

There is a pleasant blackberry hint on introduction to the palate, but nothing obnoxious. Then, I, sadly, detect over the top on the alcohol. Then there is a serious hit of tannin—with which I am very OK. After about 40 minutes of air, components seem a bit more integrated, but I still don’t think it’s enough. Now, it’s tasting more jammy.


Snooth User: jude bartlett
12753713
5.00 5
Vintage: 2006 01/26/2009

Five glasses


Snooth User: fthead9
28066369
4.00 5
Vintage: 2001 06/07/2007

Four glasses


Snooth User: joshwoodward
129954234
3.50 5
Vintage: 2000 05/15/2009

Wilter, hotter, strawberry. Tannic. Grassier.


Snooth User: joshwoodward
129954234
3.50 5
Vintage: 2000 05/15/2009

Very smooth, light tannins, moderate acid, chocolate. Rich, just right balance. Vanilla.


Snooth User: joshwoodward
129954234
3.50 5
Vintage: 1999 05/15/2009

Blackberry, more acid. Chocolate. 13.6%. Long.


External Reviews for Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Alexander Valley Harris Kratka Vineyard

External Review
Vintage: 2006 08/14/2010

Soft and velvety with nice acid structure makes this a perfect Zinfandel for the cellar or pair now with rosemary grilled lamb or marinated salmon from the BBQ.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 11/12/2009

Here is a gorgeous single vineyard Zinfandel from Rosenblum. The Harris Kratka Vineyard in Alexander Valley is planted with half-century-old head-pruned vines of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignan. Seeing the potential, Rosenblum blends 78% Zin with 12% Petite Sirah and 10% Carignan for this lush but elegant wine. The extremely low yield fruit brings concentration and complexity while the relatively cool climate keeps the acidity lively for beautiful balance. Aged in French and American oak barrels in a cutting edge program that incorporates 55 different coopers this wine is remarkably soft and supple with black cherry, blackberry and brown spice. Wine Spectator gave it a 90 point score saying "Ripe and briary, this is jammed with intense flavors. Aromas of blackberry jam and toasty sage lead to concentrated plum, licorice and white pepper flavors. Tannins firm up the finish." Now On SALE! not sponsored by or affiliated with The Wine Spectator or The Wine Advocate This item excluded from any other discounts or offers beyond the 15% case discount.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 11/04/2009

Here is a gorgeous single vineyard Zinfandel from Rosenblum. The Harris Kratka Vineyard in Alexander Valley is planted with half-century-old head-pruned vines of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignan. Seeing the potential, Rosenblum blends 78% Zin with 12% Petite Sirah and 10% Carignan for this lush but elegant wine. The extremely low yield fruit brings concentration and complexity while the relatively cool climate keeps the acidity lively for beautiful balance. Aged in French and American oak barrels in a cutting edge program that incorporates 55 different coopers this wine is remarkably soft and supple with black cherry, blackberry and brown spice. On SALE! This item excluded from any other discounts or offers beyond the 15% case discount.




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