Rosenblum is one of the greatest makers of Zin and Rhone varietals in California — and you should make every attempt to attend one of their open houses if you ever have the chance. Learn more at the website at: http://www.rosenblumcellars.com.
I like the appellation series Zins and am also a huge fan of the Heritage Clone Petite Sirah. It is a tremendous value at $14 bucks a bottle — a very drinkable Petite Sirah, new world, very forward with lots of fruit — ripe blackberries, plums, chocolate, black pepper, violets and spice. It’s a meal by itself or serve with any hearty fare.
This is a top value wine — and while I love some of Rosenblums more expensive offerings — it’s hard to beat the appellation series for an every day wine.
The only negative I can say about Rosenblum is that their shipping charges are extremely high.
Wine Spectator notes
Delicious, with remarkable flavors. Smooth, rich and polished, with layers of huckleberry, blueberry and plum and a meaty-beefy-cola edge. Plush and saturated on the palate, coating the mouth, with an added tier of mocha and spice. Drink now through 2011. 9,587 cases made.