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 balanced 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 prounounced intensity, developing, with aromas, as they come, of red plum, red cherry, sweet liquorice, a deep floral note – peony and tea rose, spice – cinnamon and nutmeg, baked strawberry, cranberry jam, black cherry, toast and dark chocolate.
Palate: a dry wine, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium (-) tannins, high alcohol, a medium (+) body, a smooth texture, medium (+) intensity, with flavors of red plum juice, red cherry, a little black berry, peony, a little spice and some baked red fruits. A medium (+) length with a clean red and black berried lightly grippy finish.
Quality: a very good quality wine, with balanced acidity with alcohol, in keeping with the flavour intensity. A rich and evolved palette of flavours showing some complexity and tertiary development, with good concentration of flavour following into the decent length.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: can drink now, but has potential for ageing. A well-balanced wine, lots of concentration, with emerging complexity, with lots of fruit to develop further – suggesting improvement over 3-5 years.