A Step Up From Ravenswood- 2008 Sonoma County Old Vine Zinfandel

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.

About the Wine- From the Winery

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

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