Sunday, August 22, 2010

Two Zinfandels, Two Results!

Zin 91, 2006 Zinfandel, $14.00, 83 points, is short in name and in flavor, finish, and focus; with grapes sourced from all over California wine country, which is suppose to maintain consistent results, I'm unsure that it was wise in this case.
Wine-Buyer scored this wine an amazing 90 points, and giving the NH wine lover some balance in making this their wine purchase.
When I think of Zinfandel, I think of Zing, of Zest, and some essence of spice, pepper (White or Black), undercurrents of tobacco, or, chocolate, mocha, coffee, even bacon, but always with berry-richness that fills the mouth with a sense of furring (Gentle or Luscious), that can be smooth or coarse, but properly balanced with acidity, tannin, alcohol, and fruit.
At $14.00, I can't recommend this wine.

Rosenblum Paso Robles 2007 Zinfandel, $7.40-$19.00, 87 points, greets you with a beautiful aroma. This is a softer Zinfandel, ripe and quite drinkable, but just might get lost with some of of the richer spicier fair. It does have a fine finish, just not the excitement.
Rosenblum has some high-end Zins, but priced between $7.40 and $19.00, and paired with lighter Zinfandel cuisine, this is a recommend wine.
For review of Cline Bridgehead 2008 Zinfandel.


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  1. "with grapes sourced from all over California wine country"

    This reminds of the difference between single-malt scotches and all other scotches. When you start mixing the core ingredients from too many areas you can really lose value sometimes.

    Great post. I'll have to keep an eye out for the Rosenblum Zinfandel.

  2. Well, I don't know how long I have to wait for that Scotch taste-test, but I have something there to look forward to!
    Ben, thanks for you comments,