Weekly Under $20 Value Wine Pick – Rosenblum Zinfandel Vintners Cuvee XXXI, California

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Winery: Rosenblum Cellars

Bottling: Vintners Cuvee XXXI Zinfandel

Region: California

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.

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3 thoughts on “Weekly Under $20 Value Wine Pick – Rosenblum Zinfandel Vintners Cuvee XXXI, California

  1. Rosenblum is one of my favorite producers of Zinfandel. The cuvee is their entry level Zin and it’s a real bargain. Try some of their vineyard specific Zinfandels for a real treat.

    • Thanks for your comment Steve. Indeed they are treats. In fact, I have tried the Richard Sauret in the past and have loved it. Also a treat are the Rockpile Zin, Planchon Zin and Sf Bay Appellation series zin.

  2. well…..here’s another fave. of course, i remember that Rosenblum produces a LOT of varieties (should i say varietals?) of zin. maybe you can help keep this mom’s memory bank fresh by reminding me which one it is! :-))

    as you can see, i’m on a roll here on catching up with the reviews.

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