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I filled Winemonkey’s two glasses with a tasting sized pour while he looked away and he did the same for me. As we sat down to discuss the wines (not knowing which was which of course) we either had completely differing opinions or the wines were poured in the same order. One glass of Zin we found overly sweet, almost sugary, and rather simple. The other seemed to have more depth to it, perhaps from other varietals being blended in as well as more care being taken during winemaking. Using our prior knowledge and, unfortunately for this particular tasting, knowing the general pricing of the two bottles, we pegged the sweet, simple wine as the Rosenblum and the more complex as the Linne Calodo.
As you may have guessed by now, we were wrong. Dead wrong. We had indeed poured the wines for one another in the same order and, lo and behold, the seemingly more complex and well-balanced wine turned out to be the Rosenblum! Before you get all excited and run out and buy a case of Rosenblum Paso Robles Zinfandel, let me just note that we were not especially impressed by either wine. In fact, we have blogged about some well-priced Zins in the past
I guess the moral of the story is never to judge a book — or a wine — by it’s cover. In this case all you get is an emptier wallet.
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