Rombauer Zinfandel 2019 (California)

Rombauer Zinfandel 2019

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Notes from the Winemaker:
This wine blends lots from select vineyards in top growing regions: El Dorado County (42%), Amador County (32%), Lake County (17%), Napa County (6%) and Lodi (3%).

Good rains in February led to a warm summer, which then turned cool in August, resulting in a later harvest than the last few years. What followed was a long warm fall with near perfect growing conditions and extended hang time. In the end it was one of the longest harvests on record and also above average crop size. Sustainable farming practices throughout the growing season were tailored to each block with the assistance of aerial photos produced using NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology. The fruit was handpicked at dawn and sorted in the vineyard.

The grapes were carefully destemmed and optically sorted to ensure only perfect fruit made it into the wine. A cold soak extracted color and flavor before primary fermentation began in tank. The wine was gently basket-pressed, then racked to oak barrels to finish primary fermentation, malolactic fermentation and aging.

Varietal Composition: 93% Zinfandel, 7% Petite Sirah
Alcohol: 15.9%

Tasting Notes

Our classic California Zinfandel is a purple ruby, with a bright crimson hue. On the nose, concentrated aromas of ripe blackberry and boysenberry meld with black tea, vanilla and spice. Lush flavors of fig, blackberry jam, licorice and vanilla flood the palate, followed by touches of dark chocolate and white pepper in the background. Subtle and round tannins and great length make for a fresh and enticing finish.

Ratings & Reviews

Wine Spectator Magazine (2017 Vintage):
"Soft and jammy, with easygoing raspberry, toasty and pepper flavors. Drink now through 2022. 45,000 cases made." - TF

Wine Enthusiast Magazine (2017 Vintage):
"A lot of sweetness comes through the initially spicy and complex aromas of this high-octane wine, turning to maple and milk chocolate on the palate wrapped in a soft, low-acid texture. Jim Gordon" - (3/1/2020)

James Suckling (2017 Vintage):
"A lot of fresh berries on the nose, as well as some licorice and flowers. Full-bodied with a very ripe fruit profile. Alcoholic. Some may find it too much. Others may love it. Drink now." - (15 Nov, 2019)

Jeb Dunnuck (2017 Vintage):
"Incorporating 5% Petite Sirah, the 2017 Zinfandel offers plenty of baked cherry and plum fruits as well as spice and cedar notes, medium body, and a sweetly fruited yet grippy style on the palate." - Jeb Dunnuck (1/31/2020)

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