Ravenswood California Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2009
Just like great wine, Zinfandel vines only get better with age. For this Old Vine Zinfandel, we chose vineyards in San Joaquin County where warm days are punctuated by cool nights. The grapes stay dry, just what Zinfandel likes, but the roots have pushed deep to find water and nutrients so that the fruit is both juicy and concentrated. Cool nights mean longer hang time which in turn means more complexity. You’ll discover aromas and flavors of dried currants, spice, plum, and wild berry in this wine, along with self-assured, muscular tannins and balanced acidity. Unbelievable with lasagna, grilled pepper steak, or stew.
This Old Vine Zinfandel had a deep ruby red color. The nose was dominated by plums, strawberry jam, blackcurrant jam and earth. The wine had a label listed ABV of 14.5%. Unfortunately, I could smell the alcohol, too. On the palate, Old Vine Zinfandel was very fruit-forward. There were some minerals and a decent acidity, too. The wine had a small/medium body and mellow tannins. Ravenswood's Old Vine Zinfandel had a finish of medium length. Tasting notes from Vino in Love: http://vinoinlove.com
External Reviews for Ravenswood California Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel
Bright and lively, with juicy plum, black cherry, wild berry, cedar, tar and spice. Turns silky, with well-integrated tannins and crisp acidity. Drink now through 2002.
Ripe and alcoholic, with dried currant, spice, plum and dried raspberry flavors, picking up lead pencil and modest tannin on the finish. Drink now through 2005.
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 5-6 years.
The 1997 Zinfandel Lodi (14.3% alcohol) is an excellent bargain that rivals the Napa bottling. It possesses a deep ruby color, as well as excellent rich blackberry and cherry fruit and soil scents. In the mouth, it is medium to full-bodied, round, attractive, and mouth-filling. Drink it over the next 2-3 years.
Chewy and ripe, with dried raspberry, vanilla and ripe plum flavors that finish with firm tannin, lively acidity and a peppery note. Drink now through 2006.
From 120-year old vines; 20% of this wine was from the second crop - 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.
Good, solid wine: It'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 - not long but satisfying, setting the right tone for casual entertaining.