2007 Rosenblum "Richard Sauret" Paso Robles Zinfandel (Elsewhere $23)

SKU #1069885

A jammy, ripe black currant and brown sugar Zin with lots of black pepper, Sichuan pepper and star anise from the Richard Sauret Vineyard on the west side of Paso Robles.There's a small amount of Petite Sirah that adds tannic grip and structure. Try this with a hearty roasted leg of lamb.

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By: Bryan Brick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/31/2011  | Send Email
Once again we've found one heck of a deal on a top notch "Reserve" series Rosenblum Zinfandel. After the huge success we had with the St. Peter's Church bottling this year, we decided to see if we could go back to the well one more time for Zinfandel goodness. One of the premiere producers of Zinfandel, Rosenblum has once again knocked it out of the park with this bottling from the Richard Sauret Vineyard. This hill-top vineyard in Paso Robles is a perfect location to allow this Zin to become big and powerful yet refined and juicy. Blended with small amounts of Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouchet this wine is brimming with dense aromas of sweetened chocolate, road tar, fresh plum and caramel. Perfectly ripe, juicy flavors of cassis, black olive, raspberry jam and vanilla bean pair nicely with a soft mouth coating texture and Zin's trademark long, spicy, peppery finish. This is a wine that is perfect for the summer: patios, weekend getaways and BBQs galore, easy to drink and easier to enjoy.

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Varietal:

Zinfandel

- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.7