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Rombauer California Zinfandel 2014

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750ML / 15.9% ABV
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750ML / 15.9% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Our classic California Zinfandel is dark purple-ruby, with a youthful red hue. The nose entices with scents of raspberry, cranberry licorice, and spice. Lush and concentrated flavors of ripe cherry, dark berries and a vanilla flood the palate, followed by touches of pepper and spice. Very fine tannins and great length make for a satisfying finish.

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
As a Zinfandel lover of more than four decades, I have willingly conceded to this grape and all of its itineration. What started out to be only a 12.5% alcohol, dry red wine prior to the 1970s, has developed into a category of many styles. The 2014 Rombauer is a mouth-coating wine that is high in alcohol and hovering at threshold residual sugar. Yet the wine is quite endearing and so well balanced. The wine's striking, ripe berry flavors and smooth textures make it a candidate for a marinated pork tenderloin with a sweet berry reduction sauce. Drinking absolutely well now. (Tasted: August 2, 2016, San Francisco, CA)
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Rombauer Vineyards is a Napa Valley based, family-owned winery founded in 1980 by Koerner and Joan Rombauer. Dedicated to providing gracious hospitality, the Rombauer family and staff take pride in creating joyful moments for their customers across the country and at their Napa Valley and Sierra Foothills tasting rooms. Rombauer owns and sustainably farms over 670 acres of vineyards in Carneros, Atlas Peak, Stags Leap, St. Helena, Calistoga, and the Sierra Foothills. Rombauer’s Chardonnays, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignons, Zinfandels and Sauvignon Blanc are beloved by wine enthusiasts around the world.

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California is a winemaking colossus; by itself it is the fourth largest producer in the world. Red wine accounts for 56% of the total by volume, and red grapes 63% of total acres planted. In addition, a number of California red wines are heralded as being among the most prestigious and sought-after wines in the world.

While the state’s incredibly diverse geography, soils and microclimates allow for a wide array of styles, the key factor unifying California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season. This leads to well-developed fruit marked both by impressive ripeness and balancing acidity.

The state’s most famous red wine region, of course, is Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon reigns as king. But California boasts a wealth of other impressive appellations. The much larger and climatically varied Sonoma County also produces world class California Cabernet, along with wonderful examples of California Pinot Noir and Zinfandel.

Fine versions of Cabernet and Zinfandel hail from Paso Robles as well, which is also gaining fame with Rhone varietals like Syrah and Grenache. As for Pinot Noir, terrific examples can be found from AVA’s such as Anderson Valley, Carneros, Santa Lucia Highlands and Sta. Rita Hills. Wineries in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties are making wonderful Syrahs, and the Sierra Foothill appellations are proving to be an experimental hotbed, with Italian and Spanish varietals employed to great effect.

This of course is a mere sketch. The subject of California red wine is as deep and broad as an ocean, and absolutely a joy to explore!

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