Most wine drinkers have heard of Ravenswood but unfortunately most of us have only had the chance to try their Vintner’s Blend Zinfandel (which happens to be on the shelves at most grocery stores). Dig a little bit deeper into the Ravenswood brand and you will find an array of Zins (and a few other varietals) that move past the mass marketed, inexpensive, entry-level wines into smaller production, single vineyard beauties. This past weekend I uncorked their 2008 Dickerson Vineyard Zinfandel and was truly impressed by its elegant layers of flavor.
About the Wine- From the Winery
Ravenswood 2008 Dickerson Vineyard Zinfandel is part of the Single Vineyard Designate series. It is 100% Zinfandel grown in the Dickerson Vineyard on the west side of Napa Valley. It has 14.8% alcohol and retails for $35. 755 cases were produced. For more information see www.Ravenswoodwinery.com
Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine
Ravenswood Dickerson Vineyard Zinfandel pours a bright ruby in the glass. The wine has an inviting nose with aromas of raspberry, black cherry, vanilla, and a hint of chocolate. The palate is rich and balanced with red and dark fruit surrounded by dark chocolate and structured tannins. The long, tangy finish lingers with tastes of mint and dark chocolate.
This is a really intense and complex Zinfandel worth every bit of $35. And since we are in the midst of the holiday season, this wine is a perfect gift for the red wine lover on your Christmas list!
My Wine Rating- A-
Food Pairing Suggestions- This wine pairs well with a juicy filet, a grilled rack of lamb, or dark chocolate.
*This wine was sent to me as sample