Rosenblum Zinfandel 2005 (Harris Kratka Vineyard) Alexander Valley review by (PB)
This is one of the many single vineyard offerings by Rosenblum presenting with a dark garnet hue and nice Zinfandelicious black berry fruit in the bouquet with cigar box aromas galore and a touch of blueberry pie. Classic.
Palate--Nice mature tannins with rich berry fruit on top of a layered fudgey undercoating and a finish that is a bit smokey and dark.
This Zin normally costs anywhere from $32-$40 but I found it at a local shop that is only open seasonally and is closing out their stock for the season. I paid $17.50 each for 4 bottles--a nice score!
This wine may be a little "baked" (compare this to a previous review of the same wine) but I would attribute that to the storage conditions of the wine at the shop which is not air conditioned and we had a particularly hot Summer. *It does make a difference!
*If you read the comment below, you see that I was subsequently informed that the wine WAS stored in a temperature controlled environment! At the WCB we pride ourselves on being accurate so my assessment was wrong as far as the cause for the difference from a previous review of the same wine. It will be interesting to see how the other bottles play out. My biggest gaff to date was being corrected by Thomas Matthews of the Wine Spectator for improperly citing their rating of a particular wine and failing to note the wine I had reviewed was past the recommended "drink by" date the WS suggested. When we blow it--we own up to it, so as I said, raise a glass to my favorite grape!