Monday, April 09, 2007

Rosenblum Zinfandel Harris Kratka Vineyard 2004 wine review by (PB)

I am a big fan of Rosenblum single vineyard Zins. Whenever I am out in California or elsewhere in the country I look for another Rosenblum single vineyard Zin to take back with me. I have reviewed numerous ones and this is yet another new one for me. Remember Rosenblum makes over 20 different zins.

My wife actually brought this one back from a trip to L.A. She paid $32 for it. This is another stellar Zin which is blended with Petite Syrah and Carignane but still retains a high enough percentage of Zin to be called a Zin.

In the glass this wine is really young in color with a deep purple hue that coats the glass when swirled. There are huge aromas of deep black plummy fruit ( I suspect the contribution of the Petite Syrah) with an intense spice and pencil erasure/meaty touch.

On the palate this wine, which is 16.5% alcohol.
In the mouth this wine is rich and spicy like crazy, with awesome velvety tannins that will hold for several years. This is a WOW wine!

With some air the erasure smell is gone leaving just thick black plummy ripe fruit with a palate of rich espresso sandwiched between gobs of ripe fruit.

It finishes with some smoke and more fruit. A gargantuan Zin that is wonderful.

Now, some of these huge Zins can be difficult to pair but for this Easter celebration of the empty tomb, we had slow roasted pork with lime mojo, spiced butternut squash and corn and cheese arepas. (It's Cuban cuisine.) It worked really well and the dish needed a wine as big and bold as this kind of Zin. A fitting repast for the joy of resurrection Sunday. Raise a glass to the Risen Savior.

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