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Red Blend, 2015. The Great American Wine Co.

Red Blend, 2015. The Great American Wine Co.

Item #: C0719R2DC
Vintage: 2015
Varietal: Red Blend
Vineyard/Appellation: California
Color: Very Deep Crimson
Nose: Chocolate, Cherry
Palate: Dense Berry
Finish: Extracted, Spicy
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2025/Red Meat, Game/12.5% Alcohol by Volume

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This is no ordinary wine. The Great American Wine Company is brought to us by Rosenblum Cellars. And the name Rosenblum is so synonymous with California Zinfandel, that its name on the label automatically elevates it to another level. Kent Rosenblum founded his winery in 1978, taking a cue from iconic Zinfandel pioneers like Ridge Vineyards and David Bruce, who crafted single-vineyard Zinfandels that were probably the most popular Zins on the planet for decades.

Kent sold the winery several years ago and fortunately, the new owners kept his vision and legacy as "the King of Zin." John Kane was winemaker for Rosenblum for 15 years, and he made our selection as well. That pretty much says it all for this wine. There couldn't be anybody better to carry on the Rosenblum name since, sadly, Kent passed away last year. Fortunately, his name and wines live on.

Regardless of its being called a "Red Blend," our selection is still Rosenbloom Zin to us, as that grape makes up 74% of the blend. The rest is 20% Petite Sirah and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, both of which play a supporting role to the star of the bottle. All the character and presence that made Rosenblum an icon for 40 years is still present here. It is a fitting homage to his legacy and history.

The deep, dark color signals the presence and presents to come. Chocolate and cherry mixed with raspberry and vanilla swirl in the glass, creating excitement and anticipation. You are soon rewarded with sip after sip of wave upon wave of compact flavors and textures, all finishing with a flourish.