Rosenblum Cellars Petite Sirah Contra Costa County Heritage Clones 2008

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Great, long finish

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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

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

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Snooth User: jasonkauf
32776948
4.50 5
Vintage: 2005 10/13/2007

Great, long finish


Snooth User: jasonkauf
32776948
4.50 5
Vintage: 2005 10/13/2007

Great texture , rich, long finish.


Snooth User: connie7899
43922898
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 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
Vintage: 2005 01/20/2008

Very jammy. Great flavorful wine, easy to drink.


Snooth User: Mark1975
95811126
3.00 5
Vintage: 2005 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
Vintage: 2005 06/16/2009

very smooth and enjoyable on a Saturday afternoon


2.00 5
Vintage: 2005 03/02/2009

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


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

External Review
Vintage: 2007 05/19/2011

Delicious,with remarkable flavors. Smooth, rich and polished, with layers of huckleberry, blueberry and plum and a meaty-beefy-cola edge. Plush and saturated on the palate, coating the mouth, with an added tier of mocha and spice. Drink now through 2011.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 05/19/2011

Inky-purple in the glass; the nose is firm, showing blackberry, black cherry and black plum essence. The palate is packed with rich, jammy dark fruit and blueberry compote accented by big, palate-warming tannins and toasty spice. This wine is like a big overstuffed chair, cozy and loveable, with enough support to keep you begging for more. In a word: delicious.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 05/19/2011

Saturated ruby. Superripe aromas of cassis, blackberry, molten dark chocolate and maple syrup. Thick, sweet and densely packed, with exotic flavors of licorice, mocha, smoke and orange peel. Fat and seamless but not heavy, thanks to a firm acid spine. Finishes fine and sweet, with substantial toothdusting tannins.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 05/19/2011

Dark, dense, rich and concentrated. Loaded with layers of ripe plum, currant, blackberry and hints of tobacco and sage, this gushes with brawny fruit and muscular tannins. Best from 2006 through 2012.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 01/03/2012

Black in color and tannic power, this fills all that extract with flavor as rich as fig pudding. Itrsquo;s a meaty wine from 80- to 100-year-old vines, to cellar for a decade, then serve with grilled steak.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 01/03/2012

On the off-dry side of the fence, this zaftig wine has gigantic flavors of blackberry jam, cassis-laced cola, raspberry tart and smoke. Itrsquo;s hot in alcohol, but the heat expresses itself as a white peppery, nutmeggy spice that seasons the fruit.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 01/03/2012

There are nearly 10,000 cases of the stunning 2004 Petite Sirah Heritage Clone. A dense ruby/purple hue is accompanied by glorious aromas of creme de cassis, vanilla, incense, crushed rocks, blackberries, and smoke. It is a full-bodied, tannic, chewy, rich, pedal-to-the-metal effort with low acidity as well as ripe tannin. The latter two components will make it difficult to resist, but it should age well for 15ndash;20 years.


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