2005 Rosenblum Richard Sauret Vineyard Zinfandel

Price: $25.00 direct from the winery

What They Said:

Per the winery “This is a rich and exotic fruit-packed Zinfandel. A bouquet of ripe black currant and blackberry with creamy ripe cherry essences is followed by flavors of currant and vanilla with hints of briary spice and cracked black pepper. We expect it to age gracefully for 5-7 years, but the opportunity to enjoy it in its youth shouldn’t be missed. Pair it with steak Diane in chive sauce, or a chicken liver pilaf with cherry tomatoes and mushrooms.”

What I Think:

The final blend includes 75 percent Zinfandel and 25 percent Petite Sirah. Not sure that is significant here but it does remind me of my love for field blends but we can cover that some other time. Received this one as part of my most recent wine club shipment. This starts with loads of dark fruit on the nose seemingly fading to blueberries, a real nice bouquet. Makes you look forward to your first sip. On the mouth it is full and rich and packed with fruit flavors that last before slowly fading and letting a brambly, spicy and peppering finish linger. This bottle was worthy of drinking now but it seems that with as much as it had in the bottle now it would be best served with some time to meld it all together. I would recommend laying this one down for at least 4 years to get to the wineries period of aging gracefully.

Rating: Wow!

2003 Eos Zinfandel

Price: $7.02 @ BevMo (retails at $13.99 a bottle)

What They Said:

Per BevMo “An almost elegant effort, the smooth yet flavorful ’03 EOS Zinfandel offers rustic, ripe fruit flavors that play well on the palate; a good choice with grilled pork chops.”

What I Think:

Got this as part of the 5c sale, so list is 13.99 which would make this a completely different write up (in a bad way).  Remember this being drinkable but not memorable.  As it was part of the 5c sale we have another bottle nearby, we’ll go for some more details then.  Post again soon.

 Rating: Skip It