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2005 Rosemblum “Hillside Vineyards” Syrah

Posted on September 12, 2009

I find it interesting how the wine palette evolves in time…

When I first started drinking red wine, I longed for the most fruit-forward, berry-heavy wines I could find. Big, thick syrahs, jammy zinfandels, give me something to overwhelm my senses…

These days, I find the extracted quality of new-age wines without the proper depth a little boring and undeveloped.

Rosenblum epitomizes this transition for me…

Several years ago, I recommended their zinfandels to anyone who would listen. Such big flavors! And this Syrah is of the same mold. I taste strong elements of blackberry, with hints of cinnamon, cassis, and white pepper.

But, after the initial wash of flavor, something is missing. Perhaps its the bitter urgency, the rocky, vine flavor of Italian wines…I’m not sure. All I know is if leaves me a little empty…like pancakes. Awesome at first, but hard to finish.

This is a great wine for beginners, but I’d recommend several other wines for the price point (14.99). Still, if you love a good new-age wine, or maybe are used to drinking whites and are in search of a smooth transition to red, Rosenblum wines are worth a taste.

Available for $14.99 at Westwood Liquors in Westlake.

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