2006 Rosenblum "St. Peter's Church Vineyard" Reserve Sonoma County Zinfandel (Previously $50)

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91 points and two stars from the Connoisseur's Guide to California Wine: "Of late, Rosenblum's Zinfandels have shown a clear shift in style, and the new paradigm as seen here steers to firmness and structure rather than to come-hither richness. When there is, as this bottling demonstrates, a full dose of well-defined fruit to fill in the spaces, the model is one of success. A wine of richness and balance with its ripeness nicely managed, this one is long on berries with complexing elements of peppery spice and sweet oak in full measure. It toughens a touch at the last minute, but three to five years of quiet cellaring will see it through to its best." (01/10) From Wine Spectator: "Bold and ultraripe, with aromas of smoky peppered beef and blackberry jam. There's plenty of heat in the flavors, but also powerful and briary black cherry, cinnamon and licorice flavors. Drink now through 2013. 1,325 cases made." (02/10) Kent Rosenblum's single, oldest vineyard Zin! Planted in 1888

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By: Bryan Brick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/5/2011  | Send Email
When I saw the 2006 Rosenblum “St. Peter’s Church” Zinfandel offered for the insane price we have it at I really couldn’t believe it. I mean this is a wine that I’ve happily sold in the past for $45+ dollars, a wine that has always been the best of the incredibly deep Rosenblum Zinfandel portfolio, I’d go so far as to call it iconic California Zin. So I figured something must have been wrong with the wine, it must have had an off year, man was I wrong. It is rare to find a Zinfandel of this ilk any longer, one that effortlessly combines ripeness of fruit, peppery spice, bright acidity, complexity, length and a promise for continued development. I can get into details but it is sort of pointless, I’ll just get down to it, this is the best buy we’ve had in California wine since the massive Havens Merlot deal last year. If that is not enough to pique your interest I would think you have no pulse.

By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/30/2010  | Send Email
It's important to keep an open mind when tasting wines, otherwise you might miss out on a wonderful surprise. This zinfandel will not only remind you of the classic Sonoma take on the varietal, but it will also likely remind you of what got everyone so excited about California wine in the 1970's and 80's. Blackberry fruits, some tart cherry and spice on this one, with a wonderfully tense interplay between fruit, acid and tannins. This zinfandel, easily the best I've had all year, should drink well for a long time.

 By: Rick "3Chopsticks" Wong |  Review Date: 1/16/2012 
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This is perfect zin. All my guests set out to buy more after trying it. Keep stocking more please.

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Zinfandel

- 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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

California

- 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:

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 (%): 14.8