Outplaying's note on 2/19 pegged the 2006 perfectly when contrasted and compared with the 2007. I popped and poured this and it sung immediately. This is so close to a french burgundy, it's a crime. Dark raspberries on the nose with a touch of cinnamon, maybe. Well defined and balanced in the mouth, with a hint of bacon fat. All of the components are perfectly interwoven.
Tried to buy more (2007), but a dealer in Cali advised my that prices have evolved in the wrong direction (approx 30% increase). So now, at $35 a bottle, it's competing with the big boys like Phelps Freestone and Brewer Clifton. I really like Rozak as its unique and under the radar. But it's not going to win a beauty contest with the likes of the brands I mentioned earlier, not at the new price-point.
Consistent with previous bottles. Ripe red fruits, but not in an overdone way. Some earth, lots of spice. Really nice acidity and fine tannins. I enjoyed this bottling more so than the 2007 and "A" blocks that seemed riper and less complex.
Notes from Pasadena PinotFest: I was really impressed by all of the Rozak wines tasted, but only noted the C Block. This is notable for its dense earthy complexity throughout. Strong aromatics and almost chewy on the palate with earth and dried herb notes along with red fruit and orange peel peeking through. There's a lot of structure here, both from its acidity as well as fine grainy tannins. Still a dense core, this needs some time, but is a intriguing and enjoyable wine.
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