by Fred McMillin
Winery of the Week
The Zin Man
...Dick Rosano's Wine Calendar, Accord Publishing
The Rest of the Story
Since June 13 is a Zinfandel milestone, our Winery of the Week makes some of the world's best Zins, Rosenblum Cellars. I checked the last dozen Zins my panel has tasted blind, four Rosenblums and eight others. Here's how the four did against the average of the competition.
Critics confirm my panel's results... Wine historian Charles Sullivan—Over a decade ago Kent Rosenblum was recognized as one of the very best Zin producers in the state. Critic James Halliday—The quality and consistency of Rosenblum Zins is wholly exceptional. The wines have tremendous fruit concentration, depth and structure, but never excessively tannic.
If that weren't enough, our Annex "March Madness" described the blind tasting of 16 California dessert wines. Four different Rosenblum dessert Zinfandels were entered. Tournament results? Rosenblum bottles finished 4th, 2nd and FIRST! I'm convinced this guy must be joined at the hip with Zin.
Just the Facts
Rosenblum Cellars, Bonded Winery 5139
For those interested in origins, vines with various spellings of Zinfandel were bouncing around New England nurseries for about 15 years before Mr. Allen's documented display in 1846. The location of its middle-European origin is still unknown. However, U C -Davis is hot on the trail, so stay tuned.
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