2006 Rosenblum Cellars Sonoma Valley Monte Rosso Vineyard: Fruity, but thin
march 13, 2011: with 6 people to share it with, it wasn't a very good night for rosenblum. first, there was the vintner's cuvee XXXII that was fruity but sour. then there was this monte rosso, which was better but clearly in the shadow of its heftier rosenblumian brothers and sisters.
i got this at winetree as part of a case discount. at the time, they were having a substantial markdown on rosenblum zins, and the ones we had (st. peter's church and maggie's reserve) were very good, with the st. peter's church being especially luscious, fruity, soft and round. but this monte rosso was much lighter. my father thought it was too young, and maybe that was the problem: it needs to hide out in a dark, temperature-controlled cellar for a while to muscle up a bit. 14.8 percent alcohol.
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