Wine Review: Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi, 2014

First of all, I have to tell you that this wine is a bargain at 20 euros from Hanos, Netherlands and is the most delicious 20 euros I have drunk in a long time.

As far as Old vine zins go, I am a novice, yup, brand new to this grape in its old vine form. In my student days I often indulged in the cheap and very sweet white zinfandel rose wine. We are now talking about the complete opposite end of the spectrum, this is so far removed from its sickly sweet saccharine cousin the white zin. Old vine Zinfandel is how it should be enjoyed.

This 2014 vintage is ready to drink now, and you could age it a bit longer, another few years wouldnt kill it, this one was 3 years old, at time of drinking. It exudes aromas of leather, blackcurrant jam, sweet tobacco and aged raw meat. If im not selling it to you, just wait….

The wine has a jammy mouth feel (the good kind), and is oh so smooth. It is chock full of delightful blackcurrants and dried raisins with a touch of Christmas spice at the back. This wine screams of blackberry bushes, plums and brambles as its predominant flavours dancing on your tongue. Magical.

The superbly magnified flavours in this wine come from its old vines found in Lodi, an area famed specifically for this type of wine (old vine zin) in California. Old grape vines are considered to produce wines that have a more intense flavour profile (we have a separate blog post all about old vs new vines coming soon!). That certainly explains why this wine is rich in flavour and so exciting to drink. Bottle after bottle and the flavour of the 2014 vintage is consistently good.

Ravenswood are based in Sonoma, Califronia and make a large array of different wines, in different price ranges – also including other Old Vine Zinfandels made from other parcels of land, than the Lodi area in particular.

Wine specs:

  • Varietal: 79% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah, 1% Alicante Bouschet
  • Appellation: Lodi County
  • Acid: 5.88 g/L
  • pH: 3.62
  • Alcohol % : 14.5

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