Rosenblum wines has had a a great reputaion for many years. It was a great honor to meet Ken Rosenblum at the American Wine Society Chapter picnic a few months ago and he was gracious enough to donate several of his wines to the event.
We met Tex and Gidget's wine group for our monthly blind wine tasting. This month the wines were Syrah, Zinfandel and Malbecs. Six wines were selected for this meeting. 2005 Rosenblum Petite Syrah San Francisco Bay Heritage Clones (90 ws), 2005 Bodega Melipal Malbec Mendoza Argentina(89 ws) , 2004 Achaval-Ferrer Malbec Mendoza Argentina (91 ws), 2005 Torbreck WoodCutter's Shriaz Barossa Valley Australia (88 ws), 2005 Ridge Three Valleys Sonoma County California (87 ws), and the 2002 Arrowood Syrah Saralee's Vineyard Russian River Valley California (87ws, 93-96 wa)
All of these wines were great and it was difficult to distinguish them apart. Of the entire group one member correctly identified 3 of the 6 wines. We identified 2 of the 6 wines. As usual, the group voted on their favorite wine of the evening before they were unveiled to us. The Rosenblum Petite Syrah 2005 won the vote.
This Petite Syrah-Hetitage clone 2005 is from San Francisco Bay appellation at the foot of Mt Diablo. The Vineyards are planted with two selections of Petite Syrah both from 80 to 100 years old. The wine was aged in 60% American and 40% French oak and once barreled they were not racked again until bottling .
In the glass this wine was medium bodied with a deep dark color. On the nose aromas of ripe blackberries, plum and spice. The palate explodes with flavors of plums, chocolate and spice with a nice finish of mocha and medium tannins. This wine is very well balanced with a great nose, flavor and finish typical of a Rosenblum wine.
The wine makers comments suggest pairing this Petite Syrah with Prime Rib, Leg of Lamb or Pot Roast.