Rombauer Vineyards Zinfandel California 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

Bright purple-ruby color; vibrant aromas of ripe dark berry fruit and subtle vanilla. Plush, focused jammy flavors of blackberry and plum balance with black pepper and nutmeg for a rich mid-palate. Smooth tannins present a lingering finish. Food pairings for this wine include rib-eye steak with blue cheese, Cajun-spiced sausage and blackberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream. 94% Zinfandel, 6% Petite Syrah. Alcohol 15.9%.

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Richie Allen was raised in Melbourne, Australia, in a leafy suburb approximately 40 minutes east of Australia’s infamous wine region, the Yarra Valley. Influenced greatly by his parent’s keen interest, Richie grew up with a greater appreciation of wine than the average young Australian male. Upon graduation from high school in 1996, Richie chose to explore his knowledge in an alternate area of... Read more
Richie Allen was raised in Melbourne, Australia, in a leafy suburb approximately 40 minutes east of Australia’s infamous wine region, the Yarra Valley. Influenced greatly by his parent’s keen interest, Richie grew up with a greater appreciation of wine than the average young Australian male. Upon graduation from high school in 1996, Richie chose to explore his knowledge in an alternate area of interest: Molecular Biology. Always the model student, he graduated at the top of his class, however, not convinced with the path he was laying down for himself, Richie embarked on a four-month rock climbing holiday to the United States to clear his thoughts. It was on this adventure that fate came knocking in the form of an invitation to a day of wine tasting. Richie was so taken and inspired by the Californian wines he tasted that day that it was suddenly clear to him what he needed to do. He promptly returned to Australia and spent the next few years engrossed in winemaking studies at Australia’s prestigious ‘The University of Adelaide’. After graduating in 2003, he then set about gaining as much practical winery experience as possible from top Australian and New Zealand producers including: Penfolds, Oakridge, Church Road and Vavasour. He eventually found himself back in California, on the doorstep of Rombauer Vineyards to undertake cellar work for a single harvest. However, Richie’s enthusiasm, vast and growing knowledge, and attention to detail were keenly identified and he was asked to continue on at Rombauer to see this potential expertly developed and nurtured. Having worked his way from the ground up, Richie now assumes the position of Rombauer’s Winemaker. In this role, Richie strives to achieve consistency of style and continual improvement in winemaking techniques by melding both traditional and modern approaches. Away from the winery, you’re likely to find Richie pursuing his passion for rock climbing. Read less

Member Reviews for Rombauer Vineyards Zinfandel California

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Snooth User: zinfandel1
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2.50 5
08/08/2012

A big massive Zin with all the elements of real Zins back in the sixties and early seventies until the overly sweet and syrupy components kicked in. Too cloying. The finish is like drinking a dessert wine. Disappointed.


Snooth User: Tracy Sterling
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0.00 5
08/14/2012

Best Zin ever - rich dark fruits, not too dry.


Snooth User: junni
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0.00 5
03/08/2012

Renee and I enjoyed this wine at Fleming s several months ago and fell in love with it.


Snooth User: J Po
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1.50 5
05/08/2012

One and a half glasses


External Reviews for Rombauer Vineyards Zinfandel California

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Captures the essence of California Zinfandel in a ripe, fruit-driven wine filled with aromas of boysenberries, raspberries and wild berries. It's loaded with flavors of ripe, zesty wild berry and blackberry jam that picks up spicy, peppery notes. It finishes with a fantastic burst of fruit and concentrated berry flavors. Drink now or let age for 2-4 years.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Ripe and complex, concentrated with rich, juicy, bright plum, wild berry, black cherry and spicy, peppery notes. Impressive for its core of fruit, balanced, supple tannins and fruity aftertaste. Drink now through 2004.


External Review
07/06/2011

Winemaker's Notes - Dark ruby color; rich, ripe aromas of boysenberry, raspberry and nuances of vanilla. Robust, jammy wildberry fruit flavors frame this luscious and velvety wine. Subtle tannins offer a fruit forward finish. Our favorite pairings for this wine include leg of lamb, BBQ ribs and dark chocolate.


External Review
05/22/2011

A Zinfandel wine from California in USA. 2009 Rombauer Zinfandel 750ml


External Review
06/14/2011

This is rich and vibrant zin from the makers of one of California's most popular chardonnays, blending fruit from some of California's top regions for the varietal: Amador, Napa, Lake and El Dorado. Juicy aromas and flavors of wild cherries and tangy cranberries spiked with black pepper and allspice keep you intrigued from first sniff to last sip. Ripe, medium-grained tannins round out the finish.



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Bright purple-ruby color; vibrant aromas of ripe dark berry fruit and subtle vanilla. Plush, focused jammy flavors of blackberry and plum balance with black pepper and nutmeg for a rich mid-palate. Smooth tannins present a lingering finish. Food pairings for this wine include rib-eye steak with blue cheese, Cajun-spiced sausage and blackberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream. 94% Zinfandel, 6% Petite Syrah. Alcohol 15.9%.

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