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Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Rockpile Road Vineyard 2013

Member Review by Mr Dolce:

Big wine, yet smooth and flavorful, The Rockpile Road has never disappointed.

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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 Rockpile Road Vineyard

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Snooth User: Mr Dolce
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 03/04/2017

Big wine, yet smooth and flavorful, The Rockpile Road has never disappointed.


Snooth User: fthead9
28066369
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 03/08/2010

Outstanding, one of the best 2007 zines from Rosenblum.

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  • Snooth User: lazarusck
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    5.00 5
    Vintage: 2006 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
    Vintage: 2006 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
    4.00 5
    Vintage: 2006 06/20/2009

    Another excellent zine from Rosenblum, love the dark chocolate finish


    Snooth User: fthead9
    28066369
    2.50 5
    Vintage: 2006 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: cxm2087
    1704154
    5.00 5
    Vintage: 2006 04/24/2009

    amazing taste and SMOOTH!


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    External Reviews for Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Rockpile Road Vineyard

    External Review
    Vintage: 2010 01/20/2015

    While it’s not for everyone, this is a great expression of Rosenblum-style Rockpile Zin. It’s a big, lusty glass of red wine, warm and heady, with extraordinarily ripe berry, currant and mocha flavors.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2010 01/20/2015

    Appealing, if a bit angular. Offers ripe black raspberry aromas and firm, crisp dried cherry, mineral and roasted herb flavors. Drink now through 2015.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2007 03/22/2012

    The Rockpile AVA was just granted in 2002 making it one of the newest in California and the main reason the AVA was established is because of the Rockpile Road Vineyard. Planted in the mid-1990’s with old clone Zinfandel budwood from the 120 year old St. Peter’s Church vineyard, the Rockpile Road Vineyard sits 1,200 feet above Lake Sonoma in the upper Dry Creek Valley. The high altitude of this mountain vineyard allows cooler temperatures as well as direct sunlight unhindered by the valley fog below. The grapes ripen slowly developing robust flavors. The wine is aged 14 months is 60% American and 40% French oak. It shows flavors of blackberry, cherry, campfire smoke, licorice and minerals. It’s ripe and luscious on the palate.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2007 07/09/2010

    The Rockpile AVA was just granted in 2002 making it one of the newest in California and the main reason the AVA was established is because of the Rockpile Road Vineyard. Planted in the mid-1990’s with old clone Zinfandel budwood from the 120 year old St. Peter’s Church vineyard, the Rockpile Road Vineyard sits 1,200 feet above Lake Sonoma in the upper Dry Creek Valley. The high altitude of this mountain vineyard allows cooler temperatures as well as direct sunlight unhindered by the valley fog below. The grapes ripen slowly developing robust flavors. The wine is aged 14 months is 60% American and 40% French oak. It shows flavors of blackberry, cherry, campfire smoke, licorice and minerals. It’s ripe and luscious on the palate. The Connoisseurs Guide scored it 92 points and The Wine Spectator scored it 90 points saying "Ripe and lush, this is loaded with zesty, lingering flavors of licorice that follow aromas of black raspberry, pepper and toasty sage. Drink now through 2014." ON SALE!!


    External Review
    Vintage: 2006 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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