Ravenswood California Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2007
88 points Josh Raynolds (International Wine Cellar): Bright ruby. Deep dark berry and cola aromas are complicated by cured tobacco and baking spices. Fleshy and gently sweet, with good depth and sweet raspberry and blackberry flavors. Fresh, straightforward and refreshingly brisk, with good finishing lift and cut. (May/Jun 2009)
External Reviews for Ravenswood California Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel
From 120-year old vines; 20% of this wine was from the second crop mdash; after the grower picked a huge first crop in August. Saturated dark ruby. Aromatic nose of blackberry jam, cracked pepper and molasses. Sweet, dense flavors of blueberry and dark chocolate leavened by strong acidity. Finishes with port-like notes.
Thick, rich, concentrated blueberry fruit, and bright, lively berry flavors hinting at raspberry give this wine that classic robust fruit of Zinfandel. Twelve monthsrsquo; maturation in a combination of new and old French oak barrels has rounded and fattened the wine while contributing notes of vanillin and subtle spice. Deliciously drinkable young for its precocious, soft, spicy berry fruit and lush texture.
Good, solid wine: Itrsquo;s light in color, firm and stony on the palate, the black fruit soft, round and supple in the midst of the firm structure. Black pepper and anise flavors fill out the warm finish mdash; not long but satisfying, setting the right tone for casual entertaining.
This rich, round, full-flavored Zinfandel is drawn from two distinct vineyards in the Lodi appellation. Deliciously drinkable young for its precocious, soft, spicy berry fruit and lush texture, this classic Lodi Zin will continue to evolve over the next 5ndash;6 years.
Good bright red-ruby. Superripe aromas of blueberry, blackberry, licorice and menthol. Juicy and fresh, with sweet berry and spice flavors and good cut. From vines picked before the early September heat wave.
Shows ripe plum and licorice aromas, with lively, slightly untamed dried cherry, spice and blueberry flavors. Drink now.
A big bruiser with youthful wild berry, sage and earth flavors and hefty tannins. Has the jamminess and sharp acids of a young wine. Drink with rich meats, tomato sauce and olive oil.