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Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Reserve Monte Rosso Vineyard 2006

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Wine Tasting Notes A powerhouse wine that nonetheless possesses a sense of finesse and elegance. This wine is a pure example of what mountain fruit can produce and is Zinfandel at its finest! Aromas of brambly blackberry, cherry and mulberry mingle with vanilla and baking spices in the glass. On the palate, juicy berry flavors are met with firm acidity and soft, supple tannins. Pair this big and beautiful wine with fillet mignon in Madeira sauce or raspberry glazed chicken with wild rice.

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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 Reserve Monte Rosso Vineyard

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Snooth User: fthead9
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3.00 5
07/12/2009

A solid wine, lots of black current with a hint of spice but overall not one of Rosenblum's best Zines.

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  • Snooth User: wine o new york
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    3.50 5
    04/04/2010

    This was is a bold and wide spaced adventure that brings a long sustaining flavor from beginning to end. I opened a bottle of this today and I have to tell you out of the 4 bottles opened this evening this was a good surprise. With the advanced complexity and intensity this wine brought, Wine Spectator was right on the money with this Vintage and Producer. It contains a gentle earthy flavor highlighted on the back with a berry and bit of wood tones on the finish.


    Snooth User: Casteler
    27832992
    4.50 5
    10/26/2009

    Four and a half glasses


    External Reviews for Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Reserve Monte Rosso Vineyard

    External Review
    Source: Morrell & Company
    07/25/2009

    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.


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

    Wine Tasting NotesA powerhouse wine that nonetheless possesses a sense of finesse and elegance. This wine is a pure example of what mountain fruit can produce and is Zinfandel at its finest! Aromas of brambly blackberry, cherry and mulberry mingle with vanilla and baking spices in the glass. On the palate, juicy berry flavors are met with firm acidity and soft, supple tannins. Pair this big and beautiful wine with fillet mignon in Madeira sauce or raspberry glazed chicken with wild rice.


    External Review
    Source: WineExpress.com
    10/18/2009

    Rosenblum Cellars is a prolific winery, turning out dozens of different selections many of which are exceptional. This Reserve Zinfandel is from their top tier and one of the best. It’s also from one of the most storied vineyards in California. Monte Rosso Vineyard on the western side of the Mayacamas Mountains, stretching up to over 1,200 feet in altitude, was first planted back in the late 1800’s. This is mountain fruit in every aspect and some of the over 100 year old Zinfandel vines, on their original rootstock, are still bearing fruit. Two blocks with some of the oldest vines, were sourced for this wine which was fermented in stainless steel and then aged 14 months in French and American oak. This is delicious, zesty and intensely flavored Zin. On Sale!



    Wine Tasting Notes A powerhouse wine that nonetheless possesses a sense of finesse and elegance. This wine is a pure example of what mountain fruit can produce and is Zinfandel at its finest! Aromas of brambly blackberry, cherry and mulberry mingle with vanilla and baking spices in the glass. On the palate, juicy berry flavors are met with firm acidity and soft, supple tannins. Pair this big and beautiful wine with fillet mignon in Madeira sauce or raspberry glazed chicken with wild rice.

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