When poured, our classic California Zinfandel is a purple-ruby color with a bright crimson hue. On the nose, there are concentrated aromas of dried cherries that meld with warm vanilla, mocha and mulling spices. Lush flavors of ripe plum and raspberry jam flood the palate, followed by touches of dark chocolate in the background. Subtle, round tannins and great length make for a fresh and enticing finish.
This wine blends lots from select vineyards in top growing regions: El Dorado County (42%), Amador County (38%), Lake County (12%), Lodi (6%) and Napa County (2%).
Heavy rains in March and April replenished reservoirs and led to healthy vine growth which we managed through leafing and cluster thinning. Weather during the summer and fall was moderate. 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 and then racked to
oak barrels to finish primary fermentation, malolactic fermentation and aging.
RELEASE DATE June 2021
VARIETAL COMPOSITION 93% Zinfandel, 7% Petite Sirah
HARVESTED Sept. 11th–Oct. 18th, 2019
AVERAGE BRIX AT HARVEST 26.7
COOPERAGE 16 months in American (10% new) and French Oak
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When founders Koerner and Joan Rombauer moved their two children, two horses and five dogs to Napa Valley in 1972, they arrived armed with an appreciation for the intimate relationship between food and wine. Their appreciation stemmed from Koerner's great aunt Irma Rombauer having authored internationally renowned cookbook the Joy of Cooking and his ancestors originating from the winegrowing region of Rheingau, Germany, where wine is considered an essential complement to a meal.
Appreciation bred passion, and Rombauer Vineyards was established in 1980. Thirty-five years later, the winery remains owned and operated by first-, second- and third-generation members of the family.