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Ravenswood 'Lodi' Zinfandel 2011
This Ravenswood Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel is a deep ruby color. Jammy raspberry fruit with notes of fresh rose and baking spices adding complexity. Dark berry flavors give rich depth but are also enlivened by juicy acidity. Impressively fresh, focused Zinfandel with excellent finishing lift and thrust, leaving behind smoky minerals.
The wine is a deep ruby color in the glass with very nice clarity. The nose is classic Lodi Zin, rich ripe black fruit, blackberries, black cherry, blueberries and plum over a smoky layer of leather and cedar intertwined with some green grass and herbs. The taste is just a pleasure from the first sip, with rich jammy fruit bursting forward that transitions effortlessly to some black pepper and Asian spice notes midpalate. The finish is warm, smooth and very dry with well structured tannins that give this wine a backbone that's ideal for summer barbecue fare. See my full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2014/06/2011-ravenswood-lodi-old-vine-zinfandel.html