Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel California Désirée Chocolate Dessert Wine 2012

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All curves and sinful indulgence, Désirée is a bit of a bad girl, but in all the right ways. Like a long, seductive kiss that never seems to end, the essence of Désirée is playful, enticing and fun. Conceived as a delicious Californian interpretation of the great Port wines, Désirée Chocolate Dessert Wine is an exotic blend of Zinfandel, along with two of Portugal’s classic grape varieties and an infusion of rich, opulent chocolate. An experience unto itself in the world of wine, Désirée is meant to be sipped and savored as a luscious liquid dessert (think chocolate mousse read more...without the calories), or a companion alongside the most hedonistic after dinner treats—whatever they may be. Produced in Rosenblum Cellars’ signature robust, full-fruit style, using world-class fruit and handcrafted winemaking techniques, we invite you to discover Désirée’s many charms. "It's dark ruby and purple, and the aroma is like creamy cherry chocolate pie. The taste is crazy. It's a candy bar in a bottle with a little alcohol. Pour it over some ice cream and have some fun. 90,000 points!" - Mark Tarbell, Arizona Republic, Feb. 14, 2007 Production Notes To produce this wine, a selection of fortified wines from different regions and different vintages were evaluated. The blend that combined the most intense and most chocolate characteristics was chosen. We have special liquid chocolate syrup that is put together in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for us that will coalesce with the blended wine to enhance the flavors of chocolate, coconut and vanilla in the wine that is already geared for being a great chocolate experience. The fortified wines that make up this blend are Zinfandel, Touriga Nacional and Syrah. These are wines that are kissing cousins in terms of flavor and intensity. In addition they bring together both the new and the old world with varietals that are famous for dessert wines. What Is Fortification? This is the process where a distilled spirit is added to a fermenting wine to raise the alcohol level to a point (usually around 18% so that the remaining yeast can’t survive) but they have a great going away party. The resulting beverage is sweet with a high alcohol and is of course a wonderful dessert wine. Appellation: California Vineyards: Various vineyards throughout California Composition: 58% Zinfandel, 20% Touriga Nacional, 18% Syrah, 4% Brandy Alcohol: 16.5% Residual Sugar: 7.5% pH: 3.76 Total Acidity: 0.63g/100ml Barrels: French & American Oak Production: 3,125 cases Suggested Retail: $18 Release Date: November 2007

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In 1978, veterinarian Dr. Kent Rosenblum and his wife Kathy founded Rosenblum Cellars. Over the years Rosenblum has been hailed as one of the top American wineries and called a “mecca for zin-fanatics.” Embodying nearly three decades of winemaking tradition, Rosenblum has evolved from a passionate home-winemaking operation into a world-class winery. Today, Rosenblum Cellars is recognized as on... Read more
In 1978, veterinarian Dr. Kent Rosenblum and his wife Kathy founded Rosenblum Cellars. Over the years Rosenblum has been hailed as one of the top American wineries and called a “mecca for zin-fanatics.” Embodying nearly three decades of winemaking tradition, Rosenblum has evolved from a passionate home-winemaking operation into a world-class winery. Today, Rosenblum Cellars is recognized as one of North America’s most acclaimed producers of zinfandel and Rhône varietal wines. After years of making wine out of their family home, the Rosenblums took their love of winemaking to the next level in 1978. In partnership with several close friends they established Rosenblum Cellars. With Kathy acting as his assistant winemaker and helping with the crush, Kent made Rosenblum Cellars’ first vineyard designated zinfandel. Made using fruit from the now-renowned Cullinane Vineyard in Sonoma County, this wine won praise and began to establish Rosenblum Cellars’ reputation as a winery with a talent for zinfandel. Inspired by his early success, Kent began to refine both his philosophical and stylistic approach to winemaking. He focused on crafting exceptional vineyard designated wines using grapes farmed from mountainside, head-pruned, old vines. With many wineries touting their estate vineyards, Kent chose a different path, deciding instead to create a diverse palette of fruit for Rosenblum Cellars. From Sonoma and Napa, to Santa Barbara, Paso Robles and beyond, Kent actively sought out the best vineyards and growers in California. In the winery, he mixed traditional and innovative winemaking techniques to craft soft and sumptuous wines that celebrated the distinctive terroir and character of each vineyard. To honor the commitment made by his vineyard partners, Kent personally oversees every wine. “We are like thirty little wineries rolled into one. We may have 120 small lots of grapes, but each is managed as if it is the only one. Specific yeasts are carefully selected for each lot. Fermentation is done in very small batches. We punch down by hand. All of this is quite labor intensive, but it is gentle and yields a more complex, balanced wine than more automated processes.” By 1987, Rosenblum Cellars had moved to its current home in Alameda, California. Through constant refinement of traditional methods and selective use of new technology, Kent and his winemaking team keep Rosenblum Cellars at the forefront of enology. From the picking of riper fruit to manage tannin bitterness, to the use of more than 30 strains of yeast from around the world, and barrels from 55 different coopers in the United States, France, Hungary, Australia and Russia, Kent and his team work constantly to perfect their methods. The last decade has been an exceptional one for Rosenblum Cellars. The winery has continued to gain the respect and appreciation of both the public and its peers, and has been honored with numerous gold medals and 90-plus scores. Still loved for its world-class zinfandels, Rosenblum has also established a reputation for crafting acclaimed Rhône varietals in its own ripe and robust style. This unique approach has culminated in a diverse portfolio of award-winning wines in several categories, including its Reserves, Vineyard Designates, Appellation Series and Cuvée Series. Rosenblum Cellars is currently distributed in every state and sixteen countries. Read less

Member Reviews for Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel California Désirée Chocolate Dessert Wine

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Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
1.00 5
08/08/2007

Chocolate extract is added to this wine! What does it taste like? Liquid chocolate "effect". Kind of thing I'd squirt on my icecream only


Snooth User: kristensoles
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4.00 5
06/28/2010

I had this wine at Lulu's Chocolate Bar in Savannah, GA along with dessert truffles and creme brulee. It was an absolutely perfect pairing and made for a sinfully decadent dessert experience!


Snooth User: wherrea
1332628
4.00 5
02/27/2009

Exquisite as an aperitif wine by itself. Far too overpoweringly sweet, alcoholic, cloying, and luscious to have along side just about ANY food item. You have been warned :-)


Snooth User: keylolo1975
2034353
4.00 5
06/22/2009

Four glasses


Snooth User: shaun1234
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0.50 5
Vintage: 2009 03/01/2013

Simply don't understand the other reviews on this wine. While thick and with great color, it tastes like off butter and was poured down the drain.


Snooth User: connie7899
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 01/20/2014

Fruit forward red and black fruit blend. Well balanced, good mouthfeel


Snooth User: vin0vin0
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 06/10/2012

Very nice Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc. Rosenblum is very consistent with their everyday drinkers. Clean, crisp, slight hints of citrus but not overly grapefruity.


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External Reviews for Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel California Désirée Chocolate Dessert Wine

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Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesAll curves and sinful indulgence, Desiree is a bit of a bad girl, but in all the right ways. Like a long, seductive kiss that never seems to end, the essence of Desiree is playful, enticing and fun. Conceived as a deliciously decadent Californian interpretation of the great Port wines, Desiree Chocolate Dessert Wine is an exotic blend of Zinfandel, along with two of Portugals classic grape varieties and an infusion of rich, opulent chocolate. An experience unto itself in the world of wine, Desiree is meant to be sipped and savored as a luscious liquid dessert (think heavenly chocolate mousse without the calories), or a companion alongside the most hedonistic after dinner treats whatever they may be. Produced in Rosenblum Cellars signature robust, full-fruit style, using world-class fruit and handcrafted winemaking techniques, we invite you to discover Desirees many charms.


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Vintage: 2009 12/01/2011

Rosenblum has produced outstanding Syrah’s from all over California for many years. Going forward they have decided to reduce the number of different single vineyard bottlings they offer. That means that all of those premium, high priced grapes have gone into this, tremendous value Vintners Cuvee, bringing it to a new level of quality and intensity. Dense, chewy and layered with fruit, spice, meatiness and minerality, this sexy Syrah is real winner.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/19/2010

Another stellar value wine from Kent Rosenblum: subtle use of oak, orchard fruit and mouth-watering acidity.


External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
Vintage: 2004 01/17/2009

What a blast of cherries this wine gives. Black ones, red ones, with peppery spices and a dollop of vanilla. Its dry, light-bodied, elegant and crisp and those delicious cherries reprise on the finish.(Wine Enthusiast)


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Vintage: 2004 04/01/2008

Rolf Rosenblum Syrah Vintners Cuvee California A Wine Spectator Best Buy! Firm, tight and chewy, with a solid core of tannins wrapped around the currant, blackberry, cedar and chicory notes. Syrah is a comforting wine, perfect to sip in front of the fireplace.



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All curves and sinful indulgence, Désirée is a bit of a bad girl, but in all the right ways. Like a long, seductive kiss that never seems to end, the essence of Désirée is playful, enticing and fun. Conceived as a delicious Californian interpretation of the great Port wines, Désirée Chocolate Dessert Wine is an exotic blend of Zinfandel, along with two of Portugal’s classic grape varieties and an infusion of rich, opulent chocolate. An experience unto itself in the world of wine, Désirée is meant to be sipped and savored as a luscious liquid dessert (think chocolate mousse read more...without the calories), or a companion alongside the most hedonistic after dinner treats—whatever they may be. Produced in Rosenblum Cellars’ signature robust, full-fruit style, using world-class fruit and handcrafted winemaking techniques, we invite you to discover Désirée’s many charms. "It's dark ruby and purple, and the aroma is like creamy cherry chocolate pie. The taste is crazy. It's a candy bar in a bottle with a little alcohol. Pour it over some ice cream and have some fun. 90,000 points!" - Mark Tarbell, Arizona Republic, Feb. 14, 2007 Production Notes To produce this wine, a selection of fortified wines from different regions and different vintages were evaluated. The blend that combined the most intense and most chocolate characteristics was chosen. We have special liquid chocolate syrup that is put together in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for us that will coalesce with the blended wine to enhance the flavors of chocolate, coconut and vanilla in the wine that is already geared for being a great chocolate experience. The fortified wines that make up this blend are Zinfandel, Touriga Nacional and Syrah. These are wines that are kissing cousins in terms of flavor and intensity. In addition they bring together both the new and the old world with varietals that are famous for dessert wines. What Is Fortification? This is the process where a distilled spirit is added to a fermenting wine to raise the alcohol level to a point (usually around 18% so that the remaining yeast can’t survive) but they have a great going away party. The resulting beverage is sweet with a high alcohol and is of course a wonderful dessert wine. Appellation: California Vineyards: Various vineyards throughout California Composition: 58% Zinfandel, 20% Touriga Nacional, 18% Syrah, 4% Brandy Alcohol: 16.5% Residual Sugar: 7.5% pH: 3.76 Total Acidity: 0.63g/100ml Barrels: French & American Oak Production: 3,125 cases Suggested Retail: $18 Release Date: November 2007

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