Each weekend we try to go to several regular tastings. I’ll pick Kevin up from work downtown and we’ll head over to Ft. Thomas. We’ll begin at the Ft. Thomas Liquor Direct, move on to the Covington Liquor Direct, and then we’ll head to either both Cork-n-Bottles, or just the Cork-n-Bottle in our part of town. This week, Cork and Bottle disappointed, as they were short staffed on Friday and opted to not have their tasting. Liquor Direct in Covington had some great Rhone wines, but the tasting that stuck with me was the Rosenblum Cellars flight at the Liquor Direct Ft. Thomas store.
On Saturday, we happened to be out in the Milford area. Since we were passing the Dilly Deli on the way home, we stopped for their Saturday Casual Tasting. In fact, we were actually a little late, but the knowledgeable and super-friendly guy pouring stuck around to pour our tasting and converse. We were impressed with him and with the Dilly Deli selection. Whenever we’re there, we try things that are fun and eclectic. The one that stands out for me on this tasting was the 2003 Swingsville Zinfandel from R&B Cellars. It had some great cherry notes, and the pepper wasn’t overpowering, but just right. This is a fun and easy to drink zin. Saturday evening we attended an Irish Whiskey tasting at Party Source. Kevin will fill you in on that event later this week.
Sunday we had to move fast, but we managed to make it to the tasting at Party Town at Turfway. JP is the wine guy at Party Town, and we’ve never had him steer us wrong. The impromptu theme for Sunday’s tasting was "Wines JP Had Yet to Try." He had an Idaho Riesling, several table wines from California’s Three Alarm Cellars, and an Old Vine zinfandel from Klinker Brick, which we really liked.
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Liquor Direct Rosenblum Cellars Tasting
Kent Rosenblum started Rosenblum Cellars out of his basement in 1978. Later he joined with Jeff Cohn to create the Rosenblum Cellars we’re familiar with today. Rosenblum Cellars specializes in vineyard-specific zinfandels, which I keep hearing are overpowering and a little too fruit forward. We didn’t get to taste any of those. Instead, we tasted some of the appellation-specific wines.
Château La Paws Rouge: Côte du Bone Roan 2004: Kent Rosenblum has remained a practicing veterinarian and involved with the Humane Society throughout his winemaking career. A portion of the proceeds from each case of this wine goes to support Paws with a Cause, a charity that trains service and guide dogs. We purchased this one, although I admit I’m partial to anything that gives money to an animal-related charity. That also probably skewed my perception. I tasted hints of chocolate and strawberry, with a big burst of berry on the attack. It is a light, easy to drink wine – a good party wine. According to the web site, the wine is from the combined vineyards of "Continente, Columbini, Rhodes, Diablo Vista and many more." The grapes are a blend of 69% Carignane, 13% Syrah, 12% Zinfandel, and 6% Gamay.
2004 Vintner’s Cuvee Syrah: This one had a big fruity nose. The taste was chalkier than I would have thought, and not as spicy as I’ve come to expect from the Syrah. Although it’s a not a complex wine, it’s a light and easy to drink wine.
Vintner’s Cuvee Zinfandel, 29th Edition: Like the previous two wines, this was a light, easy to drink wine with no hidden complexities. It is slightly dry, with light cherry on the finish.
2005 Paso Robles Zinfandel: This is an appellation-specific wine, and perhaps that mixture of vineyards is what keeps this wine from being as overpowering as the vineyard-specific zins I’ve heard so much about. This wine is definitely more complex than the previous three wines. There is a little bit of spice in the taste, especially cinnamon, followed by a little bit of pepper. It’s a nicely balanced wine and we picked up a bottle to take home with us.
2005 San Francisco Bay Petite Sirah: This wine is made up exclusively of grapes from the Napa and Sonoma mountainsides. This was the most complex of the wines we tasted. It had more pepper in it than the others, but the pepper wasn’t overwhelming. I really liked this wine on tasting it, but I tend to get caught up in the moment. Kevin is pretty certain my rating would drop if I was faced with a bottle of it at home. So, combining our thoughts, our overall rating is .
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