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Rosenblum Cellars Petite Sirah Rockpile Rockpile Road Vineyard 2006

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San Francisco Bay, Contra Costa County Vineyards: Bartel-Nichols, North Rose, Madruga-Kightsen, Cecchini, Pato and, Salman Farms Composition: 98% Petite Sirah, 2% Zinfandel Alcohol: 14.8% pH: 3.35 Total Acidity: 0.72g/100ml Barrels: 60% American, 40% French oak Production: 7,475 cases 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. 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.

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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 Rockpile Rockpile Road Vineyard

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Snooth User: lingprof
1556071,108
3.50 5
07/01/2009

Nice. I didn't think it was as sweet or chocolatey as the tasting notes suggest. What I mostly got was kitchen spices. Overall I would describe it as pretty balanced, and it went nicely with our meal.


Snooth User: Cheri
43567545
2.00 5
11/11/2008

Decanting helps this one. A BevMo wine club selection.


Snooth User: rob198
43896132
4.00 5
04/07/2008

I love it! Fruit bomb. Awesome. There's also another level of spice to this that really makes it for me. ::Update:: Went back and tasted again. Wasn't quite as blown away. Maybe it was the different glass or weather??? Still excellent for the price, and I do still really like this wine. Only knocked it down half a glass!


Snooth User: unclsndpit
6824111
4.00 5
05/29/2008

Very good wine for the price. Lots of fruit in the nose and a touch of pepper.


Snooth User: mbradd
361208207
3.50 5
06/06/2010

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Rosenblum Cellars Petite Sirah Rockpile Rockpile Road Vineyard

External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesThis 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.


External Review
11/25/2009

WS: 89 Points


External Review
08/01/2008

This Petite Sirah is bold, yet elegant. Bringing Carignane into the blend adds a broader and softer dimension to the finished wine, along with a hint of rose petal in the bouquet punctuated with currants, blackberry, pepper and earthy spice. The flavors are of ripe dense blackberries, hints of vanilla, currants, black olives, and exotic spices. While this wine should age from 12 to 20 years, don't miss the opportunity to experience it now.


External Review
07/22/2010

A Petite Sirah wine from California in USA. 2006 Rosenblum Cellars Petite Sirah Heritage Clones 750ml



San Francisco Bay, Contra Costa County Vineyards: Bartel-Nichols, North Rose, Madruga-Kightsen, Cecchini, Pato and, Salman Farms Composition: 98% Petite Sirah, 2% Zinfandel Alcohol: 14.8% pH: 3.35 Total Acidity: 0.72g/100ml Barrels: 60% American, 40% French oak Production: 7,475 cases 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. 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.

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