Ravenswood, Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi, North Central Valley, California, 2013
Lodi is 50km due East of San Francisco in the Central Valley; a blend of 77% zinfandel and 23% petite sirah (aka durif), agglomerate cork closure, 14.5% abv, Costco UK, £9
A typical zinfandel – decent acidity, soft low-key tannin, a rich, jammy and spicy profile, with plenty of alcohol.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of medium (+) intensity, developing, with lifted aromas of sweet ripe black cherry underpinned by red cherry, then blackberry, black berry jam, a floral undertone of peony and tea rose, a liquorice twist, toasty, spicy, with hints of clove and sweet vanilla.
Palate: a dry wine, medium (+) acidity, fine-grained medium (-) tannins, medium (+) alcohol, a medium (+) body, smooth texture, medium (+) intensity, with flavors of sweet ripe black berry and black cherry, black fruit boiled sweets and liquorice. A long length with a clean black berried moderately grippy finish.
Quality: a very good quality well made wine, with deftly balanced acidity and tannins, perfectly matching the quite high alcohol, which suits the rich intensity of ripe fruit flavours. Silky tannins, lots of ripe black fruit concentration, with modest complexity now, but this is just starting to develop, with liquorice and spicy notes from wood ageing showing.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: ready to drink now, this wine has a fine balance, lots of fruit concentration, a long length and early signs of tertiary development, which suggest further development and improvement over 3-5 years.