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Friday, December 7, 2012

Ravenswood Napa Valley Old Vine Zinfandel 2010 - Bold Without Being Bombastic

BULK BUY!

Ravenswood Napa Valley Old Vine Zinfandel 2010 - Bold Without Being Bombastic
It's actually only 76% Zinfandel, but who cares, it's delicious!

76% Zinfandel, 23% Petite Sirah and 1% Carignan from Napa Valley (44%), Oakville (27%), St. Helena (23%) and Sonoma County (6%), California.

SRP of $16 and available for as low as $12. Sample submitted for review.

From the bottle:
"For over 30 years, wine connoisseurs have trusted Ravenswood to deliver bold, classically crafted wines of exceptional quality and soul. Our Napa Valley wine showcases one of the finest wine-growing regions in California. This mouth filling Napa Valley Old Vine Zinfandel boasts bright raspberry and plum fruit with hints of vanilla, sassafras, clove and cardamom.

14.5% Alcohol"
Today we have a wine that while technically meets the requirement to be labeled a Zinfandel at 76% (75% is the minimum), it's hard to really think of it as such because 24% is not Zinfandel. Luckily for us almost all of that 24% is Petite Sirah, a seriously delicious variety, and this blend results in a bold fruity wine that really hit me right.

The 2010 Ravenswood Napa Valley Old Vine Zinfandel begins with a wonderful strong aroma of spicy black cherry cola and a little vanilla. The wonderfulness continues when tasting this delicious, full-bodied, almost hedonistic wine. Blackberry, black cherry, raspberry and lots of warm spice combine with silky tannins to make your mouth go yum. The finish is very long and dry and features sweet, never-ending blackberry, lots of spice and a hint of chocolate. While this is definitely a bold wine, it is not totally overblown like a lot of Zins can be these days. Bulk Buy!

Buy this wine online from our featured sponsor Marketview Liquor or see a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

Taste Rating: 9              Cost Rating: 7
Overall Rating: 8.5


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