Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

Zinfandel of the Month – 2011 Ravenswood Zinfandel Bedrock Vineyard

Zinfandel of the Month is a regular feature on Zinfandel Chronicles. Keep in mind that although the Zinfandel of the Month might be an older bottle, the current vintage will be one you can find at retail or via the mailing list.

The January Zinfandel of the Month is the 2011 Ravenswood Zinfandel Bedrock Vineyard.

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 served delicious barbeque on the deck out behind the winery. Great wine, great food and great memories.

Bedrock Vineyard is situated in the heart of Sonoma Valley and the vines trace back to the the 1880’s. Ravenswood, along with Carlisle and Bedrock currently have access to the grapes.

Purple in color. 14.9% ABV. Red fruits, licorice and pepper on the nose. Rich and juicy. Fabulous texture and mouthfeel. Raspberry liquer, boysenberry, white pepper and bittersweet chocolate on the palate. Silky tannins and super acidity. Great Zinfandel…but what else would you expect from a combination of Ravenswood Winery and Bedrock Vineyard? Drink over the next several years.

My rating: 92 points.

Ravenswood is widely available at retail the winery and via the mailing list. The ’12 version of the Bedrock Vineyard Zinfandel will cost you $37.

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