Wine of the Day

2007 Ravenswood Zinfandel Sonoma County Old Vine

Written by Fred Swan
Thursday, 27 January 2011 20:07

As today is the first official day of the 2011 Zinfandel Festival, we’ll make our wines of the day Zinfandel both today and tomorrow. I did a blind tasting of six Zinfandel wines recently. All were priced below $20. A range of regions were included: Sonoma County, Lodi, Napa Valley and “California.” Sadly, one of the wines was corked and couldn’t be evaluated. Of the remaining wines, there were two that I’m happy to recommend.

Today’s wine is the 2007 Ravenswood Zinfandel Sonoma County Old Vine. It has a nose of black cherry, black berry, vanilla and cinnamon. While it’s a dry wine, there is just a bit of sweetness on the palate. It is medium-plus in body with chalky tannins, somewhat prominent alcohol and a medium finish. Flavors include black cherry and oak-derived chocolate, cocoa and coconut. It’s a good and affordable representation of “modern” Zinfandel, neither shy nor overbearing. It will go well with most any grilled or braised red meat or pork, but won’t react well with highly spicy BBQ sauce. This Zinfandel has enough structure to hold a while, but why wait? Drink now through 2013. Recommended.


2007 Ravenswood Zinfandel Sonoma County Old Vine
Rating: Recommended

Drink: Now through 2013
Retail Price: $16.00

Blend: 76% Zinfandel, 8% Petite Sirah, 8% Carignane, 8% Mixed Blacks
Origin: Sonoma County

Aging: 18 months in 100% French oak, 30% new

Alcohol: 15.0%

Closure: Cork

The wines above were provided for review by the wineries. They were tasted blind in a flight of six without decanting.

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