I have said this before and I can’t say it enough…if all you are drinking is Ravenswood Vintners Blend Zinfandel, you are cheating yourself. While it is a decent grocery store wine for the price, Ravenswood has so much more to offer. I fell in love with their Dickerson Vineyard Zinfandel last month (link to the review here http://wp.me/p1vdhr-qX) and I had a similar experience tasting their Pickberry Red Wine this past week.
About the Wine- From the Winery
Ravenswood 2007 Pickberry Red Wine is a blend of 58% Merlot and 42% Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma Mountain. It has 14.5% alcohol and retails for $50. For more information see www.RavenswoodWinery.com
Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine
Pickberry Red Wine pours a deep ruby in the glass. The musky nose has a bouquet of blackberries, strawberries, cedar, and tobacco. The palate is full of earthy elegance with tastes of plum, red currant, cedar, and sweet tobacco. The wine has lively acidity and a long spicy finish with lingering notes of vanilla. After an hour or so in the decanter, it was very enjoyable but I really recommend that you cellar it for several years. I think that Pickberry will age gracefully and really develop into something beautiful. So grab a bottle now and enjoy it in a few years…it’s worth the wait!
My Wine Rating- A-
Food Pairing Suggestions-This wine pairs nicely with hearty meats including a grilled filet, rack of lamb, or venison.
*This wine was sent to me as a sample for review