Rombauer Vineyards Zinfandel Fiddletown 2010

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If I wanted to drink a port, I would have bought a port.

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Rombauer Vineyards:
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 Fiddletown

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Snooth User: Mackey
3670468
1.00 5
Vintage: 2003 02/05/2008

If I wanted to drink a port, I would have bought a port.


Snooth User: aronralston
2778460
4.00 5
Vintage: 2003 06/01/2007

Great fruit forward zin. I highly recommend this bottle if you can find it. This vineyard has been bulldozed and you won't be seeing the el dorado any more.


Snooth User: sscarcella
4535023
4.50 5
Vintage: 2003 03/10/2008

I love this wine. Not your typical Zin. Nice and fruity but still with some spice.


Snooth User: corskier
36297167
4.50 5
Vintage: 2003 02/05/2008

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Michael Fisher
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2002 08/17/2008

This fruit forward wine is an excellent red that accomodates many meat dishes. Spicy peper lingers on the finish. One of my favorite wines.


Snooth User: guitar85ax7
4492139
4.00 5
Vintage: 2002 03/04/2008

Four glasses


Snooth User: bradw1059
13962437
4.00 5
Vintage: 2001 02/20/2009

I bought 3 bottles in 2004. The first was okay, but it lacked character. I opened the last recently and it was fantastic, so I believe this zinfandel just needs time to mature. I served this alongside an expensive reserve, and the group was unanimous that the Rombauer was smoother and more drinkable.


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