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by Fred McMillin
Winery of the Week
The King of Zin?
"Friends kept telling us we had to find a Rosenblum Cellars Zin—and they were right. After tasting it we wrote, serious wine, with lots of life, zest and heft."
...Gaiter and Brecher, Wall St. Journal Guide To Wine, 1999
"Veternarian Kent Rosenblum, (pictured), shifted his attention from small animals to small plants in 1978... [he] is among the leading Zinfandel specialists in California."
... Stephen Brook, The Wines of California, 1999
The Rest of the Story
Kent Rosenblum makes a wide variety of wines. Are his Zinfandels his best? To get an idea, we scattered ten of his wines, four Zins and six others, throughout a large, blind tasting. Here's how they were ranked, with the highest listed last.
Ranking The Rosenblums
10th—Chardonnay, Edna Valley, '98, $19
7th —Merlot, Lone Oak Vineyard, Russian River Valley, '97, $18
3rd —Cabernet Sauvignon, Yountville Vineyards, Napa Valley, '94, $20
1st —Zinfandel, Late-Harvest Dessert Wine, California, '95, $15 (375 ml.)
Kent's Zinfandels won four of the five top spots, ranging from HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to SUPERB. King of Zinfandel??? Sounds right to me.
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This page created August 2000