Rosenblum Zinfandel Aparicio Vineyard Amador County 2006

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Black cherry, spice and vanilla bean. Filled with depth and character, this Zinfandel goes great with flavorful fare such as baby back ribs, lamb kebabs, or even Cajun blackened salmon.

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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 Zinfandel Aparicio Vineyard Amador County

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Snooth User: lingprof
1556071,108
5.00 5
08/07/2009

Shows the vanilla and spice typical of the zins from Rosenblum. While they may not be for some, who may find them too sweet or jammy, I love them.


Snooth User: 1rockiesfan
725240651
3.50 5
09/12/2011

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: mcwong
13585595
2.50 5
Vintage: 2005 02/13/2009

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: Mendo Blendo
26443446
3.50 5
Vintage: 2004 09/26/2009

The dark berry flavors and mocha notes hit a pleasant chord on my palate. Of all the Rosenblum zins I've tried, this vineyard was my favorite.


Snooth User: JacquelineW
3441794
1.00 5
Vintage: 2004 01/02/2010

Just opened an '06 vintage Rosenblum aparicio zin. Absolutely undrinkable. Over-oaked. No flavors of fruit, unpleasant nose. It had a beautiful rich color. I was very disappointed. Froze it in small containers for future use in cooking soups and stews , so it was not a total loss.


External Reviews for Rosenblum Zinfandel Aparicio Vineyard Amador County

External Review
Vintage: 2005 01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesBig and brambly with white pepper and spice flying out the glass in both aromatics and flavors. Intense black cherry is rounded out by subtle vanilla bean notes in this powerhouse of a wine.



Black cherry, spice and vanilla bean. Filled with depth and character, this Zinfandel goes great with flavorful fare such as baby back ribs, lamb kebabs, or even Cajun blackened salmon.

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