2011 Rosenblum Contra Costa County Zinfandel (Elsewhere $15)

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Rosenblum is a Zinfandel specialist winery that, like Ravenswood, has a knack for seeking out historic and well-situated old Zinfandel vineyards across California. The 2011 Contra Costa Zinfandel is a representative blend of this unique region from five vineyards that combine some relict, old head-pruned vines with newer Zin plantings to build layers of flavor. Contra Costa County is one of the oldest winegrowing regions in the state, where very old, gnarled vines are deeply rooted in sandy loam soils. Warm days, cool Delta breezes, and Zin with a ripe, peppery and chocolate-spiced fruit profile are typical of the region.

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By: Mike Parres |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/26/2014  | Send Email
I have sold Rosenblum over the course of 25 years now. Some vintages are better than others, and I find this one of their best Value & Classic Zinfandels.

By: Christie Cartwright |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/3/2014  | Send Email
If you're looking for your summer BBQ red, look no further! The 2011 Rosenblum Zin is just what the doctor ordered. With plenty of juicy, lush, upfront fruit, and a velvety soft finish, this wine will keep you drinking from pre-dinner cocktail hour all the way through post-dinner chocolate and cigars! Super food-friendly with everything from ribs to pork to rib-eye!

By: Krista Johnson |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/3/2014  | Send Email
This is your summer party Zinfandel! This one bursts right out of the glass with ripe black cherry, blackberry and mocha. On the palate, there's plenty of rich texture and a bit of spice....this will stand up to your heartiest BBQ fare. Stock up--your friends will thank you!
Top Value!

By: Illya Haase |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/3/2014  | Send Email
Stock up on this great summertime red! Itís perfect for any outing or Tuesday night barbecue. Lovely, deep, dark fruit and hints of mocha. Rounded out by some surprising acidity on the back end. All this for $9.99! Buy it by the case.

By: Trey Beffa |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/27/2014  | Send Email
Normally $15 and over, this wine is a steal for under $10! The 2011 Contra Costa Zinfandel is almost black in color, with aromas of smoked meats and dried, black fruits. The flavors explode from the glass but are not over the top; helped by the cooler 2011 vintage I am sure. Best paired with big meat dishes, this is perfect summertime BBQ wine!

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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.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 15.5