Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Review of Rosenblum Cellars, Zinfandel, California, Vintner’s Cuvee XXXII

The nose is a little light. I swirl, some chords unlocked. Thin pepper, slight red berry. Was hoping for the vanilla promised by the label’s vows, description, but no. Mouthfeel and mid-palate provide more complexity and personality, but not quite the character I look for in a Zin. Putting my bias to the side. The jam layer is a bit scattered, but still noticeable and enjoyable. The finish, by far the most formidable and profound portion of the presentation. A lovely progressive tease of a fadeout, revealing chocolate and a tannic tickle. In this concluding phase of the taste, I am coerced to take another sip. Not the most colorful of characters, but something I would recommend for pouring.

Review Composed on F. 2/12/10

Review of Joel Gott, 815, Cabernet Sauvignon, California, 2007

Mildly pleased to meet, but not excited. Never heard of this winery. But then, this bottle presents wonderful structure, delivering darkness of fruit, mocha, herbaceous blades. The finish is wonderfully wicked in its spell. Bedazzled with its beauty, truly. Truth in this sleuth. Slow in intro, but more dedicated in the latter portion of presentation. Supple, pulsating with presence and pleasure. Each sip is more informative. The finish is a fadeless fade. Lovely, celestial. Angelic, austere. As I sip further, a certain chewy curtain is thrown before my palate. Cabernet cabaret, flirtatiously floral. Great continuity and character. Sipping again. This is love, baby.

Review Composed on F. 2/12/10

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