The next entry in my wine series is the 2010 Ravenswood Zinfandel – Old Vine Vintner’s Blend.
2010 was a great year for many California reds. The Cabernets get a lot of the attention, but the Zinfandels can be quite good as well. A lot of the same benefits that have molded the California cabs have had the same effect on their zins.
The Ravenswood has a dark, deep, red color that is mildly translucent. There is only a faint clarity to the wine, but still shimmers.
There is an immediate aroma of woods and berry – hard oak, raspberry, and blackberry are the most prevalent and pressing. This is overall very pleasing and I hope it is a sign of things to come.
The flavor does not disappoint. It is fruity, full bodied, and full of spicy berry flavor. The blackberry is at the forefront, with a bit of black pepper and a hint of current. The Ravenswood is very fruity without being too sweet.
This was a new red wine for me. It has been a while since I had a good zinfandel and I had forgotten how big and fruity they can be. Wines like this make me very sad that such a travesty as the white zinfandel even exists.
Overall rating: 8