Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Rockpile Road Vineyard 2006

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2006 Rosenblum Cellars Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Rockpile VineyardVineyardThese small hillside vineyards sit high above Lake Sonoma with a great view of the lake and upper Dry Creek Valley. The unique location and the fact that these vineyards are planted to a rare clone of old-vine Zinfandel give this wine a very special nature. The name Rockpile Road is appropriate because the fence that borders Rockpile Road is made from rocks pulled from the vineyard. The soil is a volcanic loam with red clay and gravel. Cellar Practices and WinemakingThe grapes were hand-harvested and crushed into small macro bin fermentors. The caps were punched into the fermenting juice twice daily. To add character, this wine was inoculated with three different yeast strains, including the Rockpile isolate. In addition, the wine benefitted from Rosenblums diverse barrel program; primarily French in origin, oaks from over twenty coopers heighten the character of this stunning wine. Winemaker CommentsThe vineyards owned by the Florence family sit at about 1200 ft above sea level, overlooking beautiful Lake Sonoma in the upper Dry Creek Valley. The property was propagated in the mid-1990s with Zinfandel bud-wood from the historic, 120-year-old St. Peters Church vineyard located in Cloverdale. The old clone and high elevation in combination with rocky soil conditions and cool maritime breezes all come together to make one of the worlds best Zinfandels. Rich and robust, flavors of blackberry, black cherry and raspberry mingle with spice and vanilla in the nose. True to its acclaimed linage the 2006 Rockpile Road Vineyard Zinfandel is a stunner.2005 vintage rated 92ptsWA / 91ptsWSThis is a california wine

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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
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Member Reviews for Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Rockpile Road Vineyard

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Snooth User: lazarusck
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5.00 5
01/19/2009

If you listen closely, this bottle is ticking! It's a big fat luscious Berry Bomb. White wine drinkers, get a doctor's note before tackling thiis one.


Snooth User: jkagel
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3.50 5
01/04/2009

Nice dark fruit explodes up front. Spice in the middle with a hint of chocolate at the end.Velvety texture in the mouth with a nice burst of spice right before the chocolate taste.


Snooth User: fthead9
28066369
2.50 5
07/10/2008

Very good but not quite up to par with previous years. Hard to go wrong with any Rosenblum Zinfandel but there are probably other better choices at this price.


Snooth User: fthead9
28066369
4.00 5
06/20/2009

Another excellent zine from Rosenblum, love the dark chocolate finish


Snooth User: cxm2087
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5.00 5
04/24/2009

amazing taste and SMOOTH!


Snooth User: mcwong
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5.00 5
02/13/2009

Five glasses


External Reviews for Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Rockpile Road Vineyard

External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
12/13/2008

The bouquet of this rich, extracted wine shows rich black cherry and black currant with hints of vanilla and black pepper. The flavors are ripe black cherry, currant and creamy spice with notes of dark chocolate.



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2006 Rosenblum Cellars Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Rockpile VineyardVineyardThese small hillside vineyards sit high above Lake Sonoma with a great view of the lake and upper Dry Creek Valley. The unique location and the fact that these vineyards are planted to a rare clone of old-vine Zinfandel give this wine a very special nature. The name Rockpile Road is appropriate because the fence that borders Rockpile Road is made from rocks pulled from the vineyard. The soil is a volcanic loam with red clay and gravel. Cellar Practices and WinemakingThe grapes were hand-harvested and crushed into small macro bin fermentors. The caps were punched into the fermenting juice twice daily. To add character, this wine was inoculated with three different yeast strains, including the Rockpile isolate. In addition, the wine benefitted from Rosenblums diverse barrel program; primarily French in origin, oaks from over twenty coopers heighten the character of this stunning wine. Winemaker CommentsThe vineyards owned by the Florence family sit at about 1200 ft above sea level, overlooking beautiful Lake Sonoma in the upper Dry Creek Valley. The property was propagated in the mid-1990s with Zinfandel bud-wood from the historic, 120-year-old St. Peters Church vineyard located in Cloverdale. The old clone and high elevation in combination with rocky soil conditions and cool maritime breezes all come together to make one of the worlds best Zinfandels. Rich and robust, flavors of blackberry, black cherry and raspberry mingle with spice and vanilla in the nose. True to its acclaimed linage the 2006 Rockpile Road Vineyard Zinfandel is a stunner.2005 vintage rated 92ptsWA / 91ptsWSThis is a california wine

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