2007 Rosenblum "Carla's Reserve" Contra Costa County Zinfandel (Elsewhere $30)

SKU #1071214 Wine Spectator

 Zesty and ripe, featuring dried cherry and pepper aromas followed by dried plum and black olive flavors. Finishes with lively tannins. Drink now through 2014.  (6/ 2010)

K&L Notes

Fruit from 100 year old, head-pruned vines from Carla's Vineyard in Contra Costa County endows this Zinfandel with intensity and depth. Aromas of bing cherrry, bramble, and vanilla reverberate on the palate with substantial and engaging savory tones of olive and exotic spice. This Zinfandel is a natural for summer barbecue fare, but balanced acidity also keeps it food-friendly and versatile with with dishes like pizza or braised meats.

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By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/14/2013  | Send Email
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This wine is such an amazing deal that it makes me feel like one of those guys selling some product on a late night infomercial. A great wine for $30, an amazing wine for $16.99 (old price)... but wait! It gets even better! The new price for this wine is so unbelievably good that we've been asked not to publish it. This is a flat-out delicious Zinfandel that has gone from a nice single-vineyard Zinfandel where might buy a bottle or two, to a case-worthy purchase that has just become your newest summer time house red. If you’re a fan of zinfandel and have enjoyed wines from Rosenblum in the past then this is a must-buy wine! Great balance and depth, this wine displays deep red fruit, spice notes and a rich, long finish that is quintessentially Zinfandel.
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2015

By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/29/2011  | Send Email
Growing up drinking Rosenblum with my family, this wine conjurs up wonderful imagaes of family dinners made better by sharing this wine together. Rich and lush, this Zin has spice, vanilla and ample lush fruit. A great example of cooler climate wine that has balance and richness.

By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/23/2011  | Send Email
From the cooler growing region of Contra Costa County comes this single vineyard bottling from Zinfandel star Rosenblum Cellars. You get the full range of Zinfandel fruit flavors, from tangy raspberry to ripe plum. Spice notes offer a zesty counterpoint to the wine’s rich, creamy texture. There is a lot to like here, and at a price well below the $25 to $35 you normally pay for the single vineyard Zins from Rosenblum. A great Zin at a great price.

By: Jeremy Bohrer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/27/2011  | Send Email
What a great deal! Rosenblum makes great stuff and has for many, many years and this one is no exception. Delish!

By: Christie Cartwright |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/17/2011  | Send Email
I absolutely love this Zin because it is balanced, restrained and has structure. Those are words you don't always think about when drinking Zinfandel's. Amazing Value and drinking great now! Grab it before its gone...

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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.
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United States

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California

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