Rosenblum Cellars Petite Sirah Contra Costa County Heritage Clones 2005

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Tasting Notes :The 2005 Petite Sirah Heritage Clones is a full-bodied, flavorful, mouthfilling wine offering loads of peppery, blackberry, and cherry fruit, surprising density, a supple texture, and beautiful length and richness. This stunner should drink well for 5-8 years or longer.

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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

Member Reviews for Rosenblum Cellars Petite Sirah Contra Costa County Heritage Clones

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Snooth User: jasonkauf
32776948
4.50 5
10/13/2007

Great texture , rich, long finish.


Snooth User: jasonkauf
32776948
4.50 5
10/13/2007

Great, long finish


Snooth User: connie7899
43922898
4.00 5
01/24/2010

Expected this to be stronger for a petit syrah. Softer than expected, but still nicely done.


Snooth User: rhone65
41556140
4.50 5
01/20/2008

Very jammy. Great flavorful wine, easy to drink.


Snooth User: Mark1975
95811126
3.00 5
02/15/2010

Jammy wine here. Playing the game of acid vs. sweetness and oak. Fun BBQ wine, but the VA is up pretty high if you look for it.


Snooth User: trvldebbie
19958419
4.00 5
06/16/2009

very smooth and enjoyable on a Saturday afternoon


2.00 5
03/02/2009

Taste is thin, weak and tannic, Fruitty, one dimensional with a quick finish.


External Reviews for Rosenblum Cellars Petite Sirah Contra Costa County Heritage Clones

External Review
02/02/2009

The 2005 has the same depth and vibrancy as the '04, but there is a brighter note of pink on the rim of the wine. The nose is very different, with cooler blueberry notes up front followed by hints of bakers chocolate, dark berries and light touches o... Mike Supple. A Petite Sirah wine from California in USA. 2005 Rosenblum Cellars Petite Sirah Heritage Clones 750ml


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesThis exotically colored wine from a Northern California cool climate shows great balance with a good acid and tannin backbone. It also possesses an intense fruit-driven bouquet showing black cherries, currants and dark plums with elements of black pepper, anise and violets.


External Review
07/20/2010

Appellation: San Francisco Bay Vineyards: Cecchini, Diablo Vista, Madruga, Pato, Salman Farms Composition: 100% Petite Sirah pH: 4.06 Total Acidity: 0.66g/100ml Barrels: 60% American, 40% French oak Production: 5750 cases Release Date: February 2007 Vineyard This rich, spicy Petite Sirah is produced from vineyards located on the foot of Mt. Diablo at the edge of the San Francisco Bay. This area has a rich history of quality grape production dating back more than 120 years. The vineyards are planted with two selections of Petite Sirah, both from 80 to 100 years old. The individual vineyards that encompass this wine all have their own aromatic and flavor profiles. Blended together, we have created an incredible example of what Contra Costa can achieve with this wonderful varietal. Cellar Practices and Winemaking The individual vineyards were harvested and fermented separately. The wines were aged as separate lots before being blended. To add character and nuance, this wine benefited from Rosenblum Cellars cutting edge barrel and yeast programs, which include over 55 coopers from around the world and 30 strains of yeast. Once blended, the wines aged without racking again until bottling. For this wine we applied a very gentle, hands-off approach to the winemaking. We find the less we work on certain wines, the more we get out of them. Winemaker Comments This wine exhibits great color with a bouquet and flavors of ripe blackberries, plums, chocolate, black pepper, violets and spice. Contra Costa will soon be known as the Mecca for Petite Sirah. This wine is amazing both in aromatics and flavors, not to mention the color, which is jet black. The perfect wine for hearty fare such as mixed sausage ragu, barbecue smoked prime rib, leg of lamb on a bed of thyme, or a good old-fashioned pot roast.


External Review
04/04/2011

A fabulous offering, the 2005 Petite Sirah Pickett Road Vineyard exhibits a dense purple color followed by a sumptuous nose of blueberries, black currants, crushed rocks, and graphite. Full-bodied with admirable concentration and sweet tannin, it sho... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Petite Sirah wine from California in USA. 2005 Rosenblum Cellars Petite Sirah Pickett Road Vineyard 750ml


External Review
07/20/2010

Appellation: Napa Valley (on Pickett Road) Vineyards: Kenefick Ranch and Frediani Vineyard Growers: Tom Kenefick and Al Frediani, respectively Composition: 80% Petite Sirah, 20% Carignane pH: 3.95 Total Acidity: 0.65g/100ml Barrels: 60% French, 40% American oak Production: 3125 cases Release Date: February 2007 Vineyard This fine Petite Sirah comes from two vineyards, Kenefick Ranch and Frediani Vineyard that sit right across from each other on Pickett Road at the foot of the Palisades Mountains in Northern Napa Valley. The vines vary in age from 8 to over 100 years old and are both vertically trellised and head pruned. Cellar Practices and Winemaking The grapes were hand-harvested and transported to the winery. A labor-intensive hand punch-down technique was used to produce a soft, yet intense wine. Aging cooperage was 70 percent French and 30 percent American oak. The two Petite Sirahs and Carignanes were vinified separately before finally being blended. Racking was kept to a minimum, allowing us to produce one of the richest and most intense wines in the Rosenblum portfolio. Winemaker Comments This Petite Sirah is bold, yet elegant with pepper, currants, blackberry and earth tone spice in the bouquet. Flavors are of ripe dense blackberries, hints of vanilla, currants, black olives, and exotic spices. Bringing Carignane into the blend adds a new, broader and softer dimension along with a hint of rose petal in the bouquet to create an old vine Pickett Road taste experience. While this wine should age from 12 to 20 years, dont miss the opportunity to experience it now. Pair this beauty with deep fried, spiced chicken livers or a roasted duckling stuffed with turnips.



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Tasting Notes :The 2005 Petite Sirah Heritage Clones is a full-bodied, flavorful, mouthfilling wine offering loads of peppery, blackberry, and cherry fruit, surprising density, a supple texture, and beautiful length and richness. This stunner should drink well for 5-8 years or longer.

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