Spanish for “the gold,” El Dorado Vineyard sits not far from where the precious metal was first discovered in California. As the state’s early pioneers coveted gold, Koerner Rombauer so prized the Zinfandel from this site, he could not resist when the chance to buy the vineyard arose in 2010. This marks the fourth vintage of El Dorado Zinfandel under the Rombauer family’s ownership.
El Dorado Vineyard is situated 1,650 feet above sea level in the Sierra Foothills. Its sandy soils, complex topography and high elevation are ideal for Zinfandel, bringing warm days and cool night air. The vineyard is Fish Friendly Farming Certified.
A cool spell in August stalled harvest a bit at the outset, but a warm September brought a mad dash to the finish. All in all, 2016 was another high-quality vintage despite small volumes for some varietals due to cool, rainy weather at flowering. Sustainable farming practices were tailored to each block with the assistance of NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology. All fruit was hand-picked at night and sorted in the vineyard, then transported by refrigerated trucks to our winery in Napa Valley.
The grapes were carefully destemmed and optically sorted to ensure only perfect fruit made it into the wine. A cold soak extracted color and flavor before primary fermentation began in tank. The wine was gently basket-pressed, then racked to oak barrels to finish primary fermentation, malolactic fermentation and aging.
This wine is ruby red with a bright hue, and aromas of red berries and mountain berries mixed with brown sugar, tobacco and a hint of violet. On the palate, it’s expansive and dense with flavors of plums, raspberry, blackberry jam, vanilla and dried florals. The finish builds and lingers on and on.