2009 Rockpile Zinfandel
California: Sonoma County: Dry Creek Valley
“…One of the finest Zinfandel sites in Northern California…“ So says Robert Parker about the world famous Rockpile Vineyard. We could not agree more.
Today’s 2009 Bonneau Winery Rockpile Zinfandel is a bold, juicy, delicious wine that is filled with life. Classic Rockpile, this wine really took our tasting panel by storm. We’ve been showcasing wines for almost seven years and we are getting ever more critical in our selection process. Today’s wine required no deliberation among panelists; the entire group said ‘Yes!’ at first sip!
Rockpile wines don’t stick around for very long after release and it was good fortune for us to get our hands on today’s fantastic wine.
Decant for at least 30 minutes for best results. Drinking beautifully, now, we recommend holding a few bottles for the next couple of years.
Gorgeous ruby hues with bright highlights that catch the light when swirled. When the wine settles, dark tears stain the glass.
Big and bold and classic Rockpile Vineyard, this wine exudes lush aromas of blackberry jam, dark raspberry, dark plum, sweet tobacco, leather, sweet brown spice and black pepper.
Also very lush, with bold flavors of blackberry and blueberry compote, dried violets, currant, leather, brown spice and black pepper.
Rather austere, which we find very charming. Plush, crushed velvet tannins spread a fast-moving dryness across the entire palate, sweeping away fruit flavors and leaving behind spice and black pepper.
This wine begs to be served with something sweet, such as a lamb shank with a black currant and rosemary marinade.