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Friday, January 30, 2009

2005 Rosenblum Cellars Meritage - Holbrook Mitchell Trio

This wine is a Meritage blend of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, and 17% Cabernet Franc. I couldn't find out much about the vinification because Rosenblum makes like 50+ wines and their website doesn't even list this one for a tech sheet. This wine starts out with a barage of deep and dark aromas of black currant, spice, black licorice, tar, and dried blueberries. On the palate this wine touches down with deliciously ripe and pure blackberry, ah, , ...Blackberry Jam!! Yes my friends, lots of rich and spicy blackberry jam, melted black licorice, spice, cedar, and traces of vanilla. What I like about this wine is that it's extremely extracted wine, but doesn't seem over the top or have too much heat from the alcohol. I admit it could be a bit more dimensional but it certainly rocks it's one-dimension and has a fairly long finish as well. Good effort! 90 points
Brandon said...

Bleachh!!! That is me vomiting on the computer screen. Rosenblum is disgusting garbage. Only good with peanut butter. They have 50 plus wines because it is mass produced juice.

bacchus said...

The quality is in the bottle. You haven't tasted the wine so how can you opine??

Brandon said...

Unfortunately I have had to taste my fair share of Rosenblum wines. The reason they get those 90+ points is because they are CONSTRUCTED to fit that Wine Spectator flavor profile. They have no distinct characteristics having their fruit sourced from all over California and who knows where else. They use prepared generic yeasts to impart certain flavors. Alcohol fine tuning by use of spinning cones, the Australians are good at this as well, acidity reduction (after all these are cocktail wines)
micro oxygenation to make the wine ultra-plush, tannin removal by ultrafiltration
juice concentration by reverse osmosis, ever hear of MEGA PURPLE? Fermentation with oak chips. Just don't mistake these wines for FINE wines.

bacchus said...

I value your opinion although I think the quality in this wine is in the bottle. I have to agree that I have tasted a few Rosenblum wines that were poor, but this wine really surprised me with it's balance and long finish. As for the "wine spectator" flavor profile, I think they do a pretty darn good job of informing the public about quality wines. Suckling and Laube definitely have there certain tastes that I don't always agree with, but I think they have the sense enough to sniff out the quality wines from the shlub. Anyways, thanks for posting! Cheers

bacchus said...

Also, if you have a blog or wine website I would love to link to you!

rjh (http://rjswineblog.blogspot.com) said...

haven't tasted the meritage, but liked the petite sirah - http://rjswineblog.blogspot.com/2008/12/rosenblum-cellars-2004-petite-sirah-san_22.html

RedRose said...

Yanno, Brandon, your rude and crude tone completely invalidated your comments for me. You sound like you have a personal beef with Rosenblum. I notice you haven't come back with any exciting blogs or recommendations of your own, either. Good grief.

bacchus said...

Every opinion is valid when it comes to wine. I just just don't give a shit how they got the wine to taste good, it just does. Whether or not they use weird technology to make the wine taste a certain way is totally irrelevant to me. All I care about is how the wine tastes, and this Meritage from Rosenblum is good regardless of the way it was made. The proof is always in the bottle. Thanks for the comments!

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