We are very excited about the upcoming bottling and release of our vintage 2016 Rosenblum Cellars wines.
It was an interesting year, because of all the rain (most in over 100 years), early bud break, and literally no frost problems. A long summer of perfect growing conditions ended up with roasting heat at the end of August and early September, causing a loss of crop due to shriveling and raisoning primarily on the sundown side of the vines. This all led to a select picking of the best bunches of the remaining fruit, giving us low yields but exceptional quality. The wines were generally aged in 30% new French oak, 20% new American oak and the rest in neutral older oak barrels.
I am particularly enthused by the wonderfully rich flavors and black raspberry fruit of the Maggie's Reserve Zinfandel, along with the succulent dark plums and cherries exhibited by the Carla's Reserve Zinfandel. The sheer power of the two Rockpile Zinfandels is stunning, and the Rockpile Syrah produced from Beaucastel and Estrella river clones is like a big meaty northern Rhône.
We will also have 3 beautiful vineyard designated Petite Sirahs, and a dark and luscious Alicante Bouschet, a French grape seldom found in California.
We look forward to sharing these beautiful wines with you.