Rombauer Vineyards 2017 Zinfandel, California
Item Number: 12764
Sub Region: California
Grape(s): 95% Zinfandel / 5% Petite Sirah
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 15.9
Fruit Sources: This wine blends lots from select vineyards in top growing regions: El Dorado (60%), Sierra Foothills (23%), Lake (14%) and Napa (3%) counties.
2017 Vintage Notes: A wet winter with moderate rainfall, a mild spring and a warm summer created the ideal growing season. Very warm weather at the beginning of harvest accelerated the need to pick Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay in early September. 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 hand picked at dawn and sorted in the vineyard.
Winemaking Notes: 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 (10% new) to finish primary fermentation, malolactic fermentation and aging.
Tasting Notes: This California Zinfandel is dark purple-ruby, with a bright crimson hue. On the nose, concentrated aromas of blackberry and raspberry meld with clove and spice. Lush flavors of raspberry, blackberry jam, plums and vanilla flood the palate, followed by touches of white pepper in the background. Plush and round tannins and great length make for a fresh and enticing finish.