Once again if you need a refresher on the rules you can find a recap here. The main one two keep in mind here, per the picture above, that these were tasted blind (again I know… single blind). Before we jump in, let’s look back on the first round match-ups to see how these two got here:
- The Rosenblum defeated the Old Moon handily 83-71. My notes hightlighted that this game was won before the wine hit the glass. Nice robust dark fruits on the nose and a palate with a dry, chalky backbone. With the finish being intially slightly tart and a bit hot but improving with time to leave a warm, comforting tannic tickle lingering. That said, I mentoned it made me nervous come the second round and that it better bring its “A game”. Let’s see if it did…
- The Bogle found itself in a shoot out with the Ravenswood before pulling out a 83-78 victory. fMy notes here show mentions of range and character with the palate being smooth and well balanced. The mouth-feel was silky with dark, rich fruits with earthy (almost dirt-like) notes. The finish is bold with heavy notes of plum and lasts nicely. It sure sounded like a winner.
With pregame covered let’s get to the real action via my twitter news feed:
2006 Rosenblum Paso Robles Zinfandel ($16):The differences between these two was slight but noticeable. This one had a rich, dark fruit nose with earthy and barrel components. On the palate it was silky smooth with dense, lush dark fruit flavors leading to a chalky finish with slight tannins. The heat from 2 days prior was happily no longer present. A nice bottle of wine. Everything a typical quality Zinfandel should be. It will be interesting to see how it pairs off against the winner of the Cabernet bracket. Feel free to grab this one if the fancy strikes while I scout for something cheaper or better for you. Rating: Pricey