Rombauer Vineyards is another Napa County winemaker, which in my opinion produces excellent wines from Napa grown grapes. On this occasion, I had the pleasure of tasting their 2012 Zinfandel. Initially I feared the wine would be too sweet as I noticed a slight amount of legs in my glass. Regarding appearances, the wine had a deep purplish and ruby color with a slight haze. I also noticed a moderate amount of tartaric acid sediment in my glass. The aroma intensity was low and youthful with hints of dark fruits, blackberries, some red fruits, red currant, and dark plum.
This Zinfandel was an off dry wine with medium body, flabby acidity, and overall moderate intensity. I also noticed a slight amount of round tannins as I sipped the wine. Regarding flavors, I detected a slight sweetness almost like a black jam, some clove and oaky-vanilla spices. Along came a medium finish about four seconds average for each sip. Overall, the wine did not have too much sweetness as not to take away from the experience. In addition, the aromas and flavor intensity were moderate at best, and I highly recommend decanting or airing the wine as it can almost be described as a semi-closed wine. I personally, enjoyed this wine with a vegan Margherita pizza, with roasted tomatoes to complement the flavors. I will make sure to always keep a wine bottle from Rombauer Vineyards in my cellar.
Until the next bottle!
3522 Silverado Trail North
St. Helena, CA 94574