I have become very accustomed to seeing Ravenswood Vintners Blend Zinfandel in almost every grocery and wine store in California (and everywhere else I travel for that matter) but I have never really explored into the depths of their brand. Ravenswood has several other series of wine and doesn’t just offer Zinfandel…they have Shiraz, Chardonnay, and Merlot just to name a few. I wrapped up last weekend with their 2008 Sonoma County Old Vine Zinfandel and it was a nice bottle to end the week with.
Ravenswood 2008 Sonoma County Old Vine Zinfandel is a blend of 77% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah, 8% Syrah, and 5% Carignane. It has 14.5% alcohol and retails for around $18. For more information see www.RavenswoodWinery.com
Now The Fun Part- Tasting the Wine
The Ravenswood pours a beautiful, deep purple in the glass. It definitely seems like a reflection of the Petite Sirah that is blended in. The wine has a rich nose of ripe raspberries, blackberries, and oak. Tastes of dark cherries and blackberries are surrounded by notes of vanilla. This Zinfandel is super-smooth with mild tannins and it finishes with pepper and lingering vanilla. It is not a complex wine but it is very easy to drink. A fun way to deviate from the Vintners Blend!
My Wine Rating- B
Food Pairing Suggestions- This wine pairs well with burgers, pot roast, or a pizza on the grill
*This wine was sent to me as a sample for the purpose of review