2005 Rosenblum Paso Robles Zinfandel, Appellation Series

05192007.jpgEven if the weather wasn’t perfect tonight, I was in BBQ state of mind. I went into Kits Wine Cellars with my plan of Buffalo burgers in mind when I started thinking about wine. I was thinking a Zinfandel would be great with the burgers… and man, I was right.

While I was looking around in the shop, Jason came up and mentioned that he read the blog, which is always fantastic to hear. We started talking wine… and he’s a great guy. If you’re in the shop and he’s there, grab him. He’s a wine geek – and I mean that as a compliment. He clearly likes the juice and is in the right place to share his love of wine.

We chatted about a few whites, Cavas (mmm… Spanish bubbly) and moved onto the reds. I had been eyeing up their Zin selection and chose this one.

I’ve been a huge fan of Rosenblum Cellars’ wines for years… not the generic “California Cuvee” Zinfandel we get up here, but their real stuff. The Appellation series and single vineyard Zins are some of the best out there. I had a bottle of their Rockpile Zin a few years ago that still stands as possibly the best Zin I’ve ever had.

I got home and opened it up to let some air at it… and poured myself a glass. In the glass, it has a rich dark cherry red colour. A big sniff showed a juicy mix of brambly dark berries, cherry and licorice spice. It instantly took me back to the ZAP tasting in January and all the great noses on the wines being poured there – it smelled like a Paso Robles Zin.

My first sip showed a concentrated bunch of the dark berries, dark cherry, bittersweet chocolate and a hint of black licorice. Tasty stuff.

How did the wine go with the burgers (made up of ground buffalo, rosemary, garlic and a splash of Dijon mustard served on a whole wheat bun with a freshly grilled slice of red pepper)? Fantastically. This is a great summer BBQ wine.

The only knock I have against the wine? The price. It sells for $18 from the winery, but we’re getting nailed for $46 up here in BC. Are our booze laws nuts here? Yep. Jesus.

Normally this would easily be a 4.5 star wine, but I’m knocking it down 0.5 stars just because of the crazy pricing.

$45.99 in BC at Kitsilano Wine Cellars.

4 stars