Budget Wine: Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Vintner’s Cuvee XXXV

rosenblum vcThis wine is like a waitperson who gives you a hearty greeting but can’t get anything right the rest of the evening.

Once you get by the alcohol on the nose, it gives rich blackberry with lots of sweet oak and spice. Complex for the price.  On the palate, it is very vibrant and juicy up front creating expectations that are quickly dashed by harsh acidity and excessive alcohol that make this unpleasant overall. Very hot and bitter on the finish.

Rosenblum is a well-known brand for Zinfandel and I’ve seen this bottling selling for as much as $10. I found it at Trader Joe’s for $3. It appears they have excess inventory—I wonder why?

 

Score: 83

Price: $10 Ave.

Alc: 14.5%

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