2018 Rossi Ranch Zinfandel
A Mystery Novel With Twists & Turns
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This vintage of Rossi zinfandel is a mystery novel, with twists and turns from the beginning aromatics to the last taste in the finish. The aromatics to this wine start with a savory aspect, that flow gently into the black cherry and raspberry coulis with just a hint of freshly cracked black peppercorns and tarragon.
The palate begins with a medium to full-bodied feel and builds by the midpalate, into a not just a very complex experience, but one that makes you ponders what’s going to happen next. Black and blue fruits with savory notes intermingle with a black licorice and a glycerol concentration, with just enough back bone to give it verve. The finish to this wine is one of my favorite aspects of tasting it. I find that’s its mineral and soft tannin structure keeps the suspense going.
225 cases produced. In the Cohn Zone: drink now - 2028.
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Valentine Rossi’s Old Vine Zinfandel, incredible terroir, and the pioneering Phil Coturri farming it! That’s a winning glass! What I love about making Zinfandel from this site is that it reminds me of a sandy soil Châteauneuf-du-Pape and ones that are also in the galets (rocky) soils blended together. Thus, you have the elegance of one and intensity and richness of the other.
Appellation: Sonoma Valley
Vineyard: Rossi Ranch, organic, vines re-planted 2012
Originally planted by legendary vintner, Carlo Rossi in 1910, Rossi Ranch is steeped in Sonoma Valley history. In 2012, my friend Phil resurrected its old vines and today, together we make magic!
Vinification: 100% Zinfandel
The fruit is hand-picked then cold-soaked. I gently foot-stomp the fruit of which 15% is whole cluster, the rest is whole berry and de-stemmed. None is crushed. The wine goes through open-top, then 100% Malolactic fermentation and aged 18 months in large-format 100% neutral French oak barrels.
$.01 12+ 750 mL bottles
$ 15 1 - 11 750 mL bottles
$ 15 per magnum
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94+ Wine Advocate, Erin Brooks — The 2018 Zinfandel Rossi Ranch comes from more than 100-year-old vines farmed organically by Phil Coturri. It was made with 20% whole cluster and aged 18 months in 20% new French oak. Medium ruby, the nose has broody, dark fruits laced with graphite, iron, charcuterie and pipe tobacco accents. The palate is densely fruited but fresh, with a fine grain and mineral notes on the finish. Give it another couple of years in bottle.
94 Jeb Dunnuck — From a great vineyard in Sonoma and all varietal, the 2018 Zinfandel Rossi Ranch Vineyard reveals a dense ruby/plum hue to go with a rich, meaty bouquet of red and black plums, sandalwood, cigar wrapper, peppery herbs, and iron. Rich and beautifully textured, with building structure, this medium to full-bodied Zinfandel is going to drink brilliantly for a solid decade, if not longer.