Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2011 Ravenswood Zinfandel Estate – Bottle Notes

Ravenswood was founded in 1976 by Joel Peterson. The winery is a pioneer in producing single vineyard Zinfandels from some of Napa and Sonoma’s most treasured vineyards, including Dickerson, Old Hill, Cooke and Belloni. I used to regularly visited Ravenswood in the summer, when they released their single vineyard wines. Back in the day they also had a BBQ out behind the winery. Great wine, great food and great memories.

The grapes are sourced from the Estate Vineyard which is adjacent to the winery. This bottling is 100% Zinfandel.

Purple in color. 15% ABV. Black fruits, pepper, prunes and vanilla on the nose. Medium body and light acidity. Blackberry, cherry, chocolate and eucalyptus on the palate. Coarse, mouth drying tannins on a long finish. Not as complex as most of the other single vineyard Zins in the Ravenswood lineup. Most likely due to the younger age of the vineyard.

My rating: 90 points.

Probably hard to find outside of the winery where it will set you back $35.

I can’t more highly recommend the Ravenswood Single Vineyard Zinfandel lineup. The wines are as good as ever.

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