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Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel California Vintner's Cuvée XXII NV

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Juicy, with a streak of orange peel running through the thick, jammy flavors and black pepper and wild berry notes. Drink now. 6,500 cases made. (JL)

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Rosenblum Cellars:
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 Vintner's Cuvée XXII

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Snooth User: Athon
88567206
3.00 5
09/22/2009

1st Big acid, not balanced. Earthy, tanic, slightly mixed up taste...out of whack. 2nd Cardommon, white pepper, black currant and blackberry. Suspect bottle was recently shipped.


Snooth User: ghick
387080102
4.00 5
03/14/2010

Pepper/Leather aroma Jammy/Full/Leather taste


Snooth User: edyk
73183729
2.00 5
03/10/2011

Actually drank the XXXII


Snooth User: goodegg333
3333746
4.00 5
12/01/2008

Four glasses


External Reviews for Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel California Vintner's Cuvée XXII

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

This is a good price for a wine of this caliber. Rich and thick in jammy cherry, mocha and spice flavors. Dry, and with ripe, sweet tannins, it's a little hot in alcohol, but just fine with ribs slathered in sauce.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Superripe tasting, with gobs of raspberry jam flavors and a spicy, cedary note that's a bit rustic and tannic, but nothing that a slice of pizza won't resolve. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Zesty wild berry flavors are medium-weight, clean and refreshing, ending with a berry edge and a hint of oak. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

I don't know how Rosenblum does it! With so many different Zinfandel bottlings, the Rhone Ranger category, standard Bordeaux varietals as well as a few whites, it is remarkable that his wines seem to get better and better regardless of vintage conditions. This is the twenty-fifth rendition of this stunning wine value that is better than many full-throttle Zinfandels that sell for twice the price. The non-vintage Vintner's Cuvee XXV exhibits a deep ruby color in addition to a beautifully sweet nose of black cherries, raspberries, pepper, earth, and spice. Rich and medium-bodied, with soft tannin and well-integrated acidity, this beauty will drink well for 2-3 years. Frugal-minded consumers are likely to make case purchases.


External Review
01/03/2012

Zin fanatics of the world rejoice! Rosenblumrsquo;s Vintnerrsquo;s Cuveacute;e (a blend of wines from various regions) is delightfully delicious and amazingly affordable. The lovely raspberry and cherry fruit and surprising complexity would complement barbecue, bratwurst or baked beans. This is a wine to buy by the case.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

This zinfandel's bold character puts it in a class of its own. It opens with a robust, fruit-infused flavor. Hints of cherry and raspberry linger on the palate. Its finish is exceptionally smooth and comforting. Enjoy this balanced, value-priced wine tonight.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Lovely, bright jammy cherry and raspberry fruit with hints of black pepper and spice is the main focus of this fruit-centered wine. It is a very friendly, drinkable, zesty style of Zinfandel at a very affordable price - a versatile wine that goes well with pasta, barbecue meats and poultry, and Italian and Mediterranean style foods.


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Juicy, with a streak of orange peel running through the thick, jammy flavors and black pepper and wild berry notes. Drink now. 6,500 cases made. (JL)

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