Vintner Profiles is a post series that puts a spotlight on one of the East Bay Vintner Alliance winemaker members.
At Rosenblum, we’re famous for being all about Zinfandel – Old Vine Zin, High Altitude Zin, Single Vineyard Zin, BIG Attitude Zin. We love Zinfandel so much, we make over 20 different types. Rosenblum Cellars has some of the highest rated, most-awarded Zins from California’s most highly regarded vineyards. Not just Napa and Sonoma, but all over the state. And while we are a founding member of the Zinfandel Advocates & Producers group (ZAP!), we do make other amazing wines, including Rhône-style red wines like Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache, as well as Rhône-style white wines and dessert wines.
In 1978, Rosenblum Cellars opened in Alameda, California; a place known more for its docks and shipyards than for winemaking. But then again, Kent Rosenblum, “The King of Zin,” always did things a little differently from the status quo.
When most of the established wineries in California were focused on their estate-grown wines, Kent chose to explore some of the unrecognized and under-appreciated grape-growing areas of Northern California. He met families who had been growing grapes for generations; dedicated growers passionate about their vineyards, who worked tirelessly to grow the best grapes possible from old vines their families had planted years before.
Their efforts showcased the difference between mountainside and valley floor grapes, the importance of soil types and their influence on the taste of a wine. Kent was fascinated by the character and complexity of the Zin grapes produced by these old vines, and was determined to capture this spirit in a bottle.
Kent took grapes back to Alameda and began to make wines, acknowledging the contributions of his friends by placing the vineyard’s name on the bottle. Working out of a factory building near the docks, Kent and his crew looked more like longshoremen than winemakers. But the wine they made spoke for itself.
Rosenblum Cellars has become one the most-awarded and highly rated California Zinfandel portfolios. We still travel all over California to find exceptional grapes – working to make bold, delicious wines.
About Rosenblum Cellars
We’re very busy here at Rosenblum Cellars, where every year we make more than 50 different wines. Each wine celebrates the relationships we have with our growers and the unique character contributed to the wine by its region. Growers like Stan Planchon, whose great-grandfather purchased his ten-acre vineyard in Contra Costa from the famous Crocker family of San Francisco for a ten dollar gold coin. He and the many other small vineyard owners we partner with make it easy to get up to go to work every day. Our portfolio is like many small wineries rolled into one. – See more here.
Our Relationships with our Growers and Grapes
Our vineyard owners aren’t just our growers; they’re our friends and partners in creating more than 50 different wines each year, from several California appellations. People like Marshall Harris in Alexander Valley and Richard Sauret in Paso Robles have a profound impact on the uniqueness and quality of our wines. Each bottle of Rosenblum wine is a celebration of these relationships.
Awards and Accolades
For over three decades, Rosenblum has sought out only California’s best terroirs for its lineup of outstanding signature Zinfandels. From single-vineyards in Sonoma and Alexander Valley to strictly selected regional blends, Rosenblum has made more than 50 Zinfandels earning 90 or more points from Wine Spectator. It’s an eye-opening track record for Zin lovers, but at Rosenblum, guided by commitment and craft, delivering sumptuous wines is just business as usual. See more here.
10 Clay St. Oakland, CA.
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