Rosenblum Rockpile Road Zinfandel Rockpile 2008

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Limited new release of one of Rosenblum 39 s finest vineyard deignate Zinfandels from the famous Rockpile Road Vineyard Rich and robust flavors of blackberry black cherry and raspberry mingle with spice and vanilla in the nose True to its acclaimed linage th

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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 Rockpile Road Zinfandel Rockpile

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Snooth User: EMark
8478046,132
1.50 5
Vintage: 2009 08/27/2013

Wow, very fruity on the introduction to the palate--blackberyy, prune. Also fairly sweet. Sweetness might be exacerbated by the alcohol because I can taste that, also. Not the style of Zinfandel that I particularly like. A high-dollar "Apothic." US$34.19 at Total Wine. 8/17/13 AMENDMENT. When I finished off this bottle, the next day, my first-day impressions were confirmed, This is not a very good wine.


Snooth User: vin0vin0
3578085,596
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 10/12/2013

Big zin from the Rockpile Road Vineyard in northern sonoma. Loads of dark fruit, spice, a hint of tar and a touch of dark chocolate. I don't get the sweetness others have written about, just a big, but well balanced, zin.


Snooth User: connie7899
43922898
5.00 5
Vintage: 2009 09/02/2009

Had the 2007...amazing. Peppery, full mouth feel, lingering. Powerful, incredible. Want more soon.


Snooth User: EMark
8478046,132
3.50 5
12/12/2013

Big fruit hit on the tip of the tongue--blackberry, mostly. It seems like it wants to got towards that overripe, jammy style that I see in a lot of low-dollar Zins, but, fortunately, does not really go there.Something of a annoying alcohol taste around the edges of the tongue, but, again, that subsides. Very long finish. US$31.99 at Total Wine in 2012.


Snooth User: mnotani
626123151
4.00 5
06/18/2012

Four glasses


Snooth User: Cholm725
4061732
5.00 5
Vintage: 2004 01/06/2008

Amazing. Hard to come by, but if you can get a bottle it is always delicious. I drank this bottle with some 70% dark chocolate pieces and it was pretty phenomenal. Winemaker's details on the wine say it better than I can.


Snooth User: joe94115
3523416
3.50 5
Vintage: 2004 11/19/2007

Three and a half glasses


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External Reviews for Rosenblum Rockpile Road Zinfandel Rockpile

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
08/09/2011

A Zinfandel wine from California in USA. 2008 Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Rockpile Road 750ml


External Review
Source: Vines Wine and Spirits
11/27/2012

opens with ripe red-fruit aromas touched with French toast spices and dark caramel. Demonstrating its mountain origins, the wine is big, deep and resplendent with dark fruit. Boysenberry and black plum dominate the smooth, supple palate.



Limited new release of one of Rosenblum 39 s finest vineyard deignate Zinfandels from the famous Rockpile Road Vineyard Rich and robust flavors of blackberry black cherry and raspberry mingle with spice and vanilla in the nose True to its acclaimed linage th

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