by Fred McMillin
for August 5, 1997
Fe Fi Fo Fum, Love This Rosenblum
Prologue: "Kent Rosenblum is regarded as one of THE Zinfandel specialists...[his Zinfandels] are wholly exceptional, with tremendous fruit concentration and depth, but never excessively tannic."
...by James Halliday in his "Wine Atlas of California"
The Rest of the Story: We unwrapped the winning bottle at our last blind tasting of Zinfandels. Sure enough. It was a Rosenblum...and a rare one, from 118-year-old vines... a peppery powerhouse. It's precisely what James Halliday was talking about, a "wholly exceptional" Zinfandel.
1995 Zinfandel, Continente Vnyd., Contra Costa, CA
Postscript: It's most appropriate that these old vines grow in Contra Costa County. It was one of the original 27 counties, located on the east side of the San Francisco Bay. Hence, the Spanish name Contra Costa, or "other coast."
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