Rosenblum Cellars makes a wide array of wines. Some are vineyard designated, some are region specific. Most people probably know them best for their Vintner's Cuvee Zinfandel which is widely available, and has been a positive value vintage after vintage for many years now. They've recently expanded that series and I'm looking at a couple of those wines, The 2006 Vintner's Cuvee from Rosenblum Cellars was made from fruit sourced from throughout California. The suggested retail price for this wine is $12. As with the Chardonnay it can often be found for $10 or less.
Black cherry, hints of cigar and emerging jam fruit elements make up the nose of this wine. Throughout the palate blackberry, cassis and white pepper are prominent. The finish has continued hints of each along with emerging dust and earth. This wine has light tannins and fair acidity. It'll match with lighter meats, pasta or a slice of pizza.
What I like best about this wine is how smooth it is for its price category. The elements of fruit sourced from throughout the state make themselves known in different aspects of this wine. For $12 or less this wine has enough varietal character and complexity to keep things interesting. Its wide availability makes it a safe bet to locate.
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