Stepping my Zin game up some, and this has some heavy chocolate underpinnings

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Brand NameRosenblum Cellars
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Wine NameZinfandel
Vintage (Year)2006
AVAPaso Robles
CountryUnited States
VineyardRichard Sauret Vineyards
Wine ClassRed
Wine TypeZinfandel
Wine GroupsI'll take this with chocolate
Heaven in a Bottle
Lovely reds
Alcohol %15%
Bottle Size750ml
Price$20 - $30
Site Rating9 (on a scale of 1-10)

Honestly, I fell in love with Rosenblum Cellar's Paso Robles Zinfandel about two weeks ago and have Andrea over at Cichetteria 19 to thank for that one. It was my first step up from their Vintner's Cuve XXX Zinfandel. I love that one better than their North Coast Zinfandel, which is even more expensive. But this time around, I figured I would even go one more grade up and go with this one, their Paso Robles but from the Richard Sauret Vineyards.

I would say that this wine is complex with a backbone of dark chocolate, blackberries and just a little bit of pepper. But if you smell it, there is only raisin in the nose.

They say this wine uses special strains of yeast and a cold-soaked maceration, and this does truly yield a soft, almost velvet feel to the wine, reminding you of a leggy woman in a short dress and a long fur coat.

While I don't like this more than their regular Paso Robles release, I would say that this wine steps the decadence level up a notch.


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