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Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Monte Rosso Vineyard 2009

Member Review by mmencio:

Rich fruity flavor with a really smooth 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 Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Monte Rosso Vineyard

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Snooth User: mmencio
77809328
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 03/12/2011

Rich fruity flavor with a really smooth finish


Snooth User: siege21
3189824
4.50 5
Vintage: 2004 07/22/2009

Strong but surprisingly smooth. A little fruity as well, but not too much. Nice oak flavor too. I imagine it would be very good with steak. Not the best Zin I have had (Seghesio), but def ranks among the best.


Snooth User: Melchior92
400320
5.00 5
Vintage: 2004 12/29/2007

BERRIES!


Snooth User: mcwong
13585595
5.00 5
Vintage: 2004 02/13/2009

Five glasses


Snooth User: Derek67
32027694
3.00 5
Vintage: 2003 12/20/2007

Huge and port like zinfandel with good spice and fruit. BUT HUGE!


Snooth User: mcwong
13585595
4.50 5
Vintage: 2002 02/13/2009

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Monte Rosso Vineyard

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Vintage: 2006 10/29/2009

This offers bold berry and roasted dill aromas and racy black cherry, sage and licorice flavors that finish with rustic tannins. Zesty. Drink now through 2012. 1,639 cases made. -TF Wine Spectator. A Zinfandel wine from California in USA. 2006 Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard 750ml



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