Rombauer Vineyards (375 ml) 2018 Zinfandel, California
Item Number: 14208
Sub Region: California
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 93% Zinfandel / 7% Petite Sirah
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 375 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 15.9
Vineyard Notes: This wine blends lots from select vineyards in top growing regions: El Dorado County (42%), Sierra Foothills (32%), Lake County (17%), Napa County (6%) and Lodi (3%).
Vintage Notes: Good rains in February lead 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 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 for 16 months.
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.