2007 Rosenblum "Rockpile Road Vineyard" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1041876

The vineyards owned by the Florence family sit at about 1200 ft above sea level, overlooking beautiful Lake Sonoma in the upper Dry Creek Valley. The property was propagated in the mid-1990s with Zinfandel bud-wood from the historic, 120-year-old St. Peter’s Church vineyard located in Cloverdale. The old clone and high elevation in combination with rocky soil conditions and cool maritime breezes all come together to make one of the worlds best Zinfandels. Rich and robust, flavors of blackberry, black cherry and raspberry mingle with spice and vanilla in the nose. True to its acclaimed linage the 2006 Rockpile Road Vineyard Zinfandel is a stunner. This rich Zinfandel will nicely accompany hearty pasta and grilled marinated salmon, slow-smoked pork ribs, or duck à l’orange.

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Staff Image By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/21/2010 | Send Email
Hailing from the famed Rockpile area in Dry Creek, Rosenblum’s offering of Zinfandel is my perennial favorite from their portfolio. Rich luscious fruit flavors in the darker spectrum of black berry and raspberry are intertwined with spice box and vanilla, the essential Zin pallet. I am currently drinking through 02 to 04 trying to nurse them slowly. Drinkable now, this wine is worth a try, and perhaps a retry.

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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 15.3