2009 Rosenblum "Harris Kratka Vineyard" Alexander Valley Zinfandel (Elsewhere $40)

SKU #1148315 Wine Spectator

 Boysenberry and licorice aromas lead to modest raspberry, spice and lead pencil flavors. Drink now through 2017. (Web-2012)

K&L Notes

This is a blend of 80% Zinfandel, 10% Carignan and 10% Petite Sirah sourced from a vineyard located in the Chalk Hill district of Alexander Valley. The Harris Kratka Vineyard sits in rocky, alluvial soils in the southern end of the valley with cool Pacific Ocean breezes that travel up the Russian River Valley and help maintain a temperate climate. The '09 saw 14 months in 70% American oak and 30% French oak, of which 30% is new. Deep red in the glass this wine bursts with aromas of brambling spice, plum, candied prunes and vanilla which seamlessly flow to densely-packed flavors of black cherry, cola, black pepper and sweet mocha-laced cedar notes. This wine is full-bodied with the structure that is reminiscent of old-world Zin, made more in the claret style than over-the-top, sugary style championed by many of today's Zinfandel producers. (Alex Pross, K&L Wine Club director)

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Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/24/2013 | Send Email
An absolute steal! Harris Kratka Vineyard has been the flagship Zinfandel of the Rosenblum lineup for years. Recent distributor changes have allowed us to practically give this normally $40 wine away for under $13! Actually a blend of 80% Zinfandel 10% Carignane and 10% Petite Sirah, this wine is loaded with spicy berry fruit, black pepper, coco powder and cloves. It is full bodied but still well balanced. This is as big of a Zin as you can get for the price!

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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.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.
Alcohol Content (%): 15.2