Rosenblum 2005 Syrah, $11

Top picks under $20, Wine — By KF Louis on November 4, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Behold, the great 2009 Rosenblum sell-off! Here is a rare opportunity to pick its zinfandels and syrahs at the $10-20 price, because it’s shrinking its portfolio of small-production wines and instead producing more of the stars like Rockpile zinfandel.

I love Rosenblum but quit the club, because I kept noticing that it is dumping its inventory on retailers, at discounted prices often below what a club member pays. No bueno.

Today’s case in point: The Rosenblum 2005 Syrah, England-Shaw Vineyard is $10.99 (was $30+) at Whole Foods on 4th St. in San Francisco. Wow!

Go. Fast. Now. Take the car with the big trunk.

I’d say this syrah easily holds its own among any of the premium greats of California in the $30-45 range. Although hot and fruity like most high-alcohol Cali syrahs (14% plus), there’s even some spice and earth in it for French syrah lovers to enjoy.

Note to fellow bargain hunters: whenever I see a deal almost too good to be true, I pull out my iPhone to visit the winery web site and hopefully find a review somewhere to confirm that it’s indeed a deal.

In this case, I hit the Rosenblum web site to confirm that this was the premium syrah I was thinking of (yes), and then I found a glowing review from James Laube of Wine Spectator, who tends to favor rich, high-alcohol reds like this one.

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