by Fred McMillin
for August 5, 1997

Fe Fi Fo Fum, Love This Rosenblum

Prologue: "Kent Rosenblum is regarded as one of THE Zinfandel specialists...[his Zinfandels] are wholly exceptional, with tremendous fruit concentration and depth, but never excessively tannic."

...by James Halliday in his "Wine Atlas of California"

The Rest of the Story: We unwrapped the winning bottle at our last blind tasting of Zinfandels. Sure enough. It was a Rosenblum...and a rare one, from 118-year-old vines... a peppery powerhouse. It's precisely what James Halliday was talking about, a "wholly exceptional" Zinfandel.

1995 Zinfandel, Continente Vnyd., Contra Costa, CA
Rosenblum Cellars
Alameda, CA
Available only from the winery

Postscript: It's most appropriate that these old vines grow in Contra Costa County. It was one of the original 27 counties, located on the east side of the San Francisco Bay. Hence, the Spanish name Contra Costa, or "other coast."

About the Writer

Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for 30 years on three continents. He currently teaches wine courses at San Francisco State and San Francisco City College and is Northern California Editor for American Wine on the Web. In 1995, the Academy of Wine Communications honored Fred with one of only 22 Certificates of Commendation awarded to American wine writers.

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