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2012 Roadhouse Old Vine Zinfandel

2012 Roadhouse Old Vine Zinfandel Rossi Road, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma Co

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Today's Wine Comments:

A grand total of eight barrels of this plump and perfect Dry Creek Zin were created. That’s a 200-case production, making this single-vineyard stunner one of our most limited buys yet.

True, winemaker Eric Hall of Roadhouse Winery is a self-described Pinot fanatic, and his label features a definite concentration on Pinot Noir. Hall made barely enough of this Zin to garner any attention for it. But when our Tasting Panel open a bottle sample and tasted this beauty, attention (and adoration) was flowing. Super extracted and yet still silky and balanced, this Rossi Road Zin boasts sweet spice and jammy fruit flavors along with an attenuated finish of bramble and chocolate.

Roadhouse’s ’12 Zin was aged for 20 months in a combination of French (François Frères, no less) and American cooperage and bottled unfined and unfiltered in June 2014. With a few more years of bottle age under its belt, this big red is begging to be consumed now and makes for an excellent food wine alongside red meat and spicy, garlicky flavors.

Four reasons we love it:

  • Located high up on a dividing ridge between the Alexander and Dry Creek valleys, the Rossi Road Vineyard is planted on steep, terraced slopes and features rocky, shallow soil, which means excellent drainage and pristine fruit.
  • This single-vineyard Zin is also a single-clone Zin. Rossi Road is planted to the Costa Mesa Clone—one of the oldest Zin clones in California and one of the best.
  • Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley is an appellation known for its lusty, brawny fruit. Since the 1800s Zin has thrived in the hills and valleys of Dry Creek, benefitting from the long hours of summertime sun and constant heat as well as the region’s ideal well-drained soils.
  • The 2012 vintage in Sonoma was “excellent across the board,” according to the Wine Spectator. Parker gave the year 92 points, and Wine Enthusiast agrees with its own 92-point score.

It is an elegant, complex wine with aromas of vanilla, spice, and bright jammy fruit typical of Dry Creek Valley. Fine soft tannins compliment the big red fruit flavors and nice round acid. The finish is long and silky.

Roadhouse is a small winery dedicated to producing hand crafted Pinot Noir. Over the years we have cultivated friendships with other winery owners and our highly respected growers that reflect our wine making philosophy. We produce Pinot Noir with a few small batches of Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon that are true to the diverse terroir and micro climates native to Sonoma County.

The Rossi Road Vineyard is located on the high ridge that divides the Alexander Valley and the Dry Creek Valley. The vines are on a steeply terraced hillside of shallow rocky red/brown soil with good drainage. 

The Costa Mesa Clone is considered to be one of the oldest of the Zinfandel clones and does exceptionally well on this site.

Grilled meats, slowly roasted duck, and roasted eggplant parm are all amazing with this bottle. You’ll want to pair power with power and time with time, so slow roast with rich flavors and enjoy!

Wine Ratings

93 Insider Points

Wine Reviews

Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel. We're going to the Roadhouse, gonna have a real Zin time. Black pepper, red currants and smooth tobacco waft up from the glass. Spicy blackberries, black cherries and dried plums roll through a medium mouthfeel with good tannins and a nice balance. A resurgence of spices upon the mid-length finish. Morrison would dig this wine. 93 Points - JZ September '17

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