Once again if you need a refresher on the rules you can find a recap here. The main one to keep in mind here, per the picture above, that these were tasted blind (again I know… single blind). A change for round 3 is that we were performing joint tasting. I paired up with RJ from RJ’s Wine Blog for this effort and will do so for the Whole Foods bracket come Saturday. Before we jump in, let’s look back on the first round match-ups to see how these two got here:
- The Chateau Chevalier ran away from the Fetzer cruising to an easy win 91-78 victory. This was its 2nd runaway victory in a row. Could that be a weakness come round 3? With depth, dark fruit aromas and brambly cherry flavors leading to a nice lingering finish I’m guessing not. But we are about to find out!
- The Rosenblum had a tough match versus the Bogle but prevailed 90-87. My notes highlighted a rich, dark fruity nose with earthy and barrel components with a silky smooth palate full of dense, lush dark fruit flavors leading to a chalky finish with slight tannins. There was some early heat that disipated with time. I was concerned it may not have the pedigree to go all the way despite being a fan favorite.
With pregame covered let’s get to the real action via my twitter news feed:
2004 Chateau Chevalier Napa Cabernet ($16): Again this one ran the table. The Rosenblum had smoke and mirrors going but the Chateau Chevalier delivered with consistency. Big dark fruit on the nose. Super Balanced on the palate with lush flavors leading to a dry chalky finish. This wine is humble and restrained throughout. I’m liking its chance to go all the way though that finish may not be for everyone. Rating: Wow
2006 Rosenblum Paso Robles Zinfandel ($16):This one started off in a funk again. The nose was hot and full of dark fruits and rhubarb for me. RJ was finding some Pina Colada action… Every sip brought a different wine. My initial rating started around 82 points before it escalated to the 86 where it finished. Given more time I am guessing it would have progressed more but the fatal flaw was that it was falling apart on the finish. At this price point, depsite the fact that it got this far, that is not something I am willing to overlook. There are better Zin’s available, both generally and from Rosenblum on the market. Rating: Not for me