Winery: Rosenblum Cellars
Bottling: Vintners Cuvee XXXI Zinfandel
Sub-Region: All Over California
Estimated Retail Price: $12
Purchase Details: Purchased by the glass for about $9 (yikes!) at P.F. Chang’s Bistro in Honolulu, HI.
Tasting Notes: On the nose were aromas of both black and red berries and even a slight hint of peach. The berry aromas were echoed as flavors in the mouth along with some nice baking spices. The mouth feel was of a medium weight and the tannins were virtually non-existent, making the wine very smooth and easy to sip, gulp and swallow.
Although this zinfandel is not what most people probably expect when they think of today’s modern day jammy zinfandel, it still maintains a flavor profile that is consistent with the varietal of wild berries, spice and lively fruit. Its nice to taste zinfandels like these that have the quintessential zinfandel flavors, but without the high alcohol and heavy, cloying texture.
Food Pairing & Context in Which to Enjoy: Chinese food, Italian food, Japanese food, in fact any food for that matter. I was just floored by the food-partnering ability of this wine.
Winery & Other Background Info: Time and time again this workhorse basic zinfandel from Rosenblum cellars impresses. I’ve tasted too many zinfandels in this price range that taste like liquid Jujube Fruit, with no acid backbone and a watered down mouth feel. The Vintners Cuvee always has substance, low alcohol (read: food friendly), quaffability and an attractive price tag.
Anyone who knows Rosenblum is probably already familiar with their huge lineup of zinfandel. The beauty of the size of their portfolio is that although some of their zins are too fruity for my tastes, there are always several that are just right. They have also recently built up a really nice syrah and petite sirah program to complement their zins.