Tasting at Rosenblum Cellars in Alameda

Last Friday, I went over to the Rosenblum Wine Club party over in Alameda. It is an annual event they hold for the members of their wine club. Given that I belong to a few of these, the best thing about this one is that it is near the city. I can take BART or a ferry over there. Rosenblum is known mainly for sourcing and bottle single vineyard wines which means that the price points are a bit higher than I am usually comfortable paying. Given that they have never disappointed me though I decided to join their wine club anyway and tonight I was going to get some extra pleasure out of that expenditure.

Anyhow, they had music, food and 20+ wines available for tasting. They had two whites, The Kathy’s Cuvee Viognier and a Rousanne that were both quite nice, though at $18 a piece. Tonight, all of the wines were on sale for 25% off though so these were a consideration. In addition to that they had mostly Syrah and a slew of their Zinfandels paired up with both the 2002 and 2005 versions available for tasting. Sadly, I was not familiar with any of those available via the wine club. I was hoping to see the Richard Sauret as this has been one of my favorites for years. Largely I left disappointed. I’ll try to do some research on the 2002 vintage but most of these showed poorly. The one truly exceptional wine that I had that night was the ’02 St. Peter’s Church Zin, wow! Given that it was listed at $72 though I guess that should have been expected.

Leaving the event, empty handed which was amazing given the discount, I found myself disappointed in the experience, I guess I was expecting too much. Couple this with the fact that they sent me a bottle of Chard, not my fave, in my last shipment and some port in the one before that I was thinking whether my wine dollars may not be better deployed elsewhere. Then I started thinking that I had never been disappointed in a bottle they had sent me. So as I continue to ponder this I will likely being doing so at home over a glass of their wine.

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