Review: Three New 2008 Rosenblum Zinfandels

With nearly 20 Zinfandels — and dozens of other wines — Rosenblum has a mammoth profile of wines to its name. We tried three of its latest releases, all Zins from the 2008 vintage.

2008 Rosenblum Old Vine Zinfandel Sonoma County – Bright fruit, sugary like a strawberry pie for dessert. Some herbal character in here with lavender notes, interesting in a Zin, but the very light body makes this a bit more of a party wine than something you’d usually find in the oh-so-serious “Old Vines” vein. B / $NA

2008 Rosenblum Maggie’s Reserve Zinfandel Sonoma County -Rich and racy, with bold black pepper notes. Very fruity, but it’s balanced by spice, herbal character, and a finish that lasts without being cloying. A substantial upgrade to the Old Vine. A- / $45

2008 Rosenblum Rockpile Road Vineyard Zinfandel – Even bolder, with clear strawberry character, balanced by thick pepper, cedar, tobacco, and charcoal notes. A massive wine for a Zinfandel, this one demands food as an accompaniment. A- / $40

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