Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Contra Costa County Reserve Carla's Vineyard 2009

Member Review by fthead9:

Outstanding, jammy explosion with a rich chocolate finish. Rosenblum makes great zines in general but this one is truly outstanding and worth every penny.

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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 Zinfandel Contra Costa County Reserve Carla's Vineyard

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Snooth User: fthead9
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Vintage: 2007 05/30/2010

Outstanding, jammy explosion with a rich chocolate finish. Rosenblum makes great zines in general but this one is truly outstanding and worth every penny.

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  • Snooth User: MsKeesh
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    0.00 5
    Vintage: 2007 05/31/2010

    Tasted at Allied Beverage Group Spring Wine Gala 4/22/10 at Trump Plaza.


    Snooth User: gcochra1
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    3.50 5
    Vintage: 2007 02/12/2010

    Hints of cherries and blackberries. Very Pleasant, almost like chocolate candy


    Snooth User: brianburnett
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    3.50 5
    Vintage: 2007 03/08/2010

    this is a big jammy zinfandel, with dark fruits, mild spice notes and a moderate length finish. while it was very enjoyable to drink, the overt jammy quality reduces its ability to pair w/ foods. for under $20 though, i consider it a very nice buy, either for bbq, a casual meal, or just sipping.

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  • Snooth User: itsi7alian
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    4.00 5
    Vintage: 2007 05/02/2009

    I am shocked at how cheaply priced this wine is compared to the high quality of it. If you enjoy fruity zins you really cant go wrong, and if you don't like it well its only $15, but I'm sure you will. At first I was hesitant to try a Contra Cost County wine, its very surprising.


    Snooth User: JohnWBaker
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    3.00 5
    Vintage: 2007 02/13/2010

    Pepper, pickle, plum, oak, soap flavors. Flavorful mouth Puckering and drying. An average wine.


    Snooth User: Deecaffs
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    4.00 5
    Vintage: 2007 04/21/2010

    Four glasses


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    External Reviews for Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Contra Costa County Reserve Carla's Vineyard

    External Review
    Vintage: 2007 04/12/2011

    92 Points - Connoisseurs' GuideA deep, purple hue leads ultra-ripe blackberry, boysenberry, briar and cocoa aromas in our 2007 Rockpile Road Zinfandel. Across the midpalate, a complex layering of ri


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    Vintage: 2007 06/05/2010

    92 Points - Connoisseurs' GuideA deep, purple hue leads ultra-ripe blackberry, boysenberry, briar and cocoa aromas in our 2007 Rockpile Road Zinfandel. Across the midpalate, a complex layering of rich, dark fruit develops, balanced by complex wood tannins that flank the tongue and pick up bright currant notes through the lengthy finish. It makes an excellent companion to similarly brazen flavors such as osso bucco, braised short ribs or herb-encrusted rack of lamb.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2007 05/19/2011

    A deliciously rich and plush young Zin, with layers of ripe, zesty blackberry, boysenberry and wild berry fruit shaded by toasty oak, finishing with a plush, rich aftertaste. Drink now through 2009.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2007 12/12/2011

    This offers plenty of toasty oak aromas and flavors, with ripe blackberry and wild berry fruit and touches of tobacco, black licorice, cedar and spice. Ends with a pleasant road tar edge and ripe tannins. Drink now through 2016. 838 cases made. -JL ** Only 6 in Stock **


    External Review
    Vintage: 2007 07/30/2011

    A Zinfandel wine from California in USA. 2007 Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Richard Sauret Vineyard 750ml


    External Review
    Vintage: 2007 01/03/2012

    Searching for a somewhat dry Zinfandel that will go great with your burger? Herersquo;s your wine! Aged in a combination of French and American oak, this Zin shows off notes of rhubarb, raspberries, violets and cracked pepper. One sip is all you need to realize this full-bodied wine is saturated with blackberry marmalade and chocolate covered cherries. It has supple tannins and is somewhat chewy. A must-have to accompany your summer barbecue or burger night with friends!


    External Review
    Vintage: 2007 08/14/2010

    Rich and robust, flavors of blackberry, black cherry and raspberry mingle with spice and vanilla in the nose. This will nicely accompany hearty pasta and grilled marinated salmon, slow-smoked pork ribs, or duck à l’orange.


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