Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2011 Ravenswood Zinfandel Big River – 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 served delicious barbeque on the deck out behind the winery. Great wine, great food and great memories.

Big River Vineyard is situated in the heart of Alexander Valley and the vines trace back to the the 1890’s.

Ruby red in color. 15% ABV. Crazy good nose of black and red fruits, white pepper and cloves. Medium body with medium acidity. Old school Claret style Zinfandel from a challenging vintage. Tart cherries, blackberries, toast and pepper on the palate. The finish is long and lean. The bar is high at Ravenswood and this bottle comes up a little short. Really good nonetheless. Drink over the next several years.

My rating: 89 points.

Ravenswood is widely available at retail the winery and via the mailing list. The ’13 version of the Big River Vineyard Zinfandel will cost you right around $35.

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