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Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Vintners Cuvee XXXI California 1994

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Wine Tasting Notes The Cuvee features aromas of black cherry, blackberry and raspberry, as well as spice and vanilla overtones. It is a friendly, drinkable, zesty style Zinfandel at a very affordable price. Medium-bodied and replete with acidity, this food-friendly wine pairs well with pizza, pasta, barbecue meats and poultry, as well as Italian and Mediterranean style foods.

Region: USA » California

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Varietal: Zinfandel
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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
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Member Reviews for Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Vintners Cuvee XXXI California

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Snooth User: zwaaa
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3.00 5
10/24/2009

Plum and other berries on the nose. Very hot and acidic. Black pepper and an odd mix of subtle strawberries and Robitussin (but in a good way).


Snooth User: r sprezzatura
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3.00 5
05/16/2010

Barrel aged, 40% French Oak and 60% American Oak with an alcohol content of 14.6%. Not too spicy, but definitely a fruit-forward wine; raspberry and cherry flavors and overtones of vanilla. Great value for the money ($8.49).


Snooth User: noshooz
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4.00 5
09/03/2010

Strong hint of smoke, black pepper, and blueberry on the nose, blueberry overwhelms on the mid-palate and finish. 87 points.


Snooth User: Hollytron
34801051
2.50 5
01/11/2010

Surprisingly quite a bit smoother than I was expecting. I agree with a previous reviewer about this wine being hot and acidic. Very pretty dark rose color. Decent wine for the price.

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  • Snooth User: love2snorkel
    7487704
    3.50 5
    01/28/2011

    Rich fruit taste and smooth for the price. I like it much better than the next vintage xxxii.


    Snooth User: befkoch
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    3.50 5
    11/04/2009

    Three and a half glasses


    External Reviews for Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Vintners Cuvee XXXI California

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

    Always a good value, the 2005 Vintner's Cuvee XXIX is a blend of 92% Zinfandel and 8% Petite Sirah. A tarry, herbal, peppery effort with soft fruit and an easy to drink style, it should be consumed over the next 1-2 years.


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

    This is one of the most reliable Zinfandels in the market today. It is soft, smooth and has typical "Zin" style. Enjoy with hot dogs, chips and dips and friends.


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

    Kent Rosenblum is a California Zin master. This blend is from Lodi, Mendocino County, Paso Robles and Lake County. Rich and broad-shouldered, with lively spice, wild berry, plum and blackberry flavors anchored by chewy tannins.


    External Review
    Source: Premium 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: Premium 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: Premium 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: Premium 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.


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    Wine Tasting Notes The Cuvee features aromas of black cherry, blackberry and raspberry, as well as spice and vanilla overtones. It is a friendly, drinkable, zesty style Zinfandel at a very affordable price. Medium-bodied and replete with acidity, this food-friendly wine pairs well with pizza, pasta, barbecue meats and poultry, as well as Italian and Mediterranean style foods.

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