Sunday, July 01, 2007

Rosenblum Rockpile Road Vineyard Zinfandel 2003 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:

Beautiful dark color
Big nose of ripe berries, cinnamon, and anise
Rich flavor and texture of blackberries on the palate
Endless finish of berries, mocha, dill, and anise goes on and on

Huge, rich Zinfandels are in a category of their own, and this one is king! Not only is it a massive wine with a long, long finish- it's also a fairly balanced wine with interest layers. I wonder if a little extra cellar time has helped transform this from a fruit bomb into a better intergrated wine.

Don't pair this with delicate or sophisticated food, though. Rather, enjoy it with a steak or something hearty. The flavors are still tremendous and will overwhelm almost anything.

I remember seeing a case of this in a store in Florida two years ago for $27 a bottle. It was a Wine Spectator top pick, scoring 94 points and ending up as the number 3 wine on the top 100 for 2005. I bought just one bottle at the time and finally got around to opening it. I had to wait for PB of this blog because he's tasted most of Rosenblum's single-vineyard Zinfandels and would be able to draw comparisons. Don't miss his review to be posted in the near future.

Raise a glass!

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