Monday, January 21, 2008

WTDOMN: Rosenblum Vintners Cuvee XIXX : Recession Proof Wine

Continuing with the inexpensive wines for Mondays this January and considering the predicted impending doom in the stock markets, this one probably can't be beat for the amount of flavor and fun you get for around $8.99 at many stores or K&L. Rosenblum Vintners Cuvee XIXX was a bargain I discovered while perusing the wine list at PF Chang's. It was a rich, fruity Zinfandel that I was later shocked to find in stores for 9 bucks. That's about what I paid for the glass in the restaurant, which is why we often pick up dinner so we can have our own wine. But for a bit of inexpensive wine tasting fun, PF Chang's will let you pick three wines for a wine tasting flight off their menu for $12 bucks. Its a pretty good deal and make dinner a bit more fun. I enjoyed my flight of this wine, the Buena Vista Carneros Pinot Noir, and the Rioja Reserva Marques de Riscal 2000. Check out their wine list here. Apparently I'm the only one who likes the Rioja, the bartender there told us it was the least frequently ordered wine. Which is kind of funny because the more commonly ordered wines, I didn't think very much of or found them downright offensive. My husband always finds it funny when I don't like a wine. I guess you could say I don't have what you call a poker face.

Back to the Zin, I find this wine consistently appealing and far more complex than it needs to be for the price. Rosenblum is a consistently good producer and their pride shows even in a lower priced wine. Great delicious fruit, touch of vanilla and enough acidity to make it wonderfully balanced on your palate. If you want a satisfying wine but don't want to dig into some of your pricier stash that night, this wine is a pleaser.

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3 Comments:

Farley said...

Amy,

Thanks for the note letting me know about this write-up.
We're on the XXX now, which coincides with our 30th anniversary. I'm so spoiled that I never even drink the Vintner's Cuvees and head straight for the single-vineyard bottlings most times. But our 2nd tier--the Appellation Series-- is also pretty affordable and dang good, esp. the Mourvedre. That's why I love working here. There's something for everyone at all prices.

Sonadora said...

I need to get out and get some of this Rosenblum. Farley's raving has convinced me :)

SB Wine Advocate said...

Ahh, to be Farley.. let us know if you ever get a chance to hit up the vitner's cuvee on your site. With stocks crashing, people will need a drink :)

Sonadora, do get some Rosenblum. Better yet go out to Healdsburg and go and then get some gelato down the street and then head over to Willi's Wine Bar. sigh.. i need a vacation

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