Thursday, December 2, 2010

2007 Ravenswood County Series Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel

Holy snowflakes Batman, temperature highs in my area of Florida fell 23 degrees in the last 24 hours. Think it’s time to whip up some chili and pair with a sample bottle of Ravenswood County Series Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel.
Aromas of ripe berries and plum, mix with well balanced flavors consisting of vanilla, cocoa and a lingering spicy finish. Along for the ride is the slightest hint of fresh plump blueberries. Tannins are well balanced and smooth. I know, usually you would pair chili with beer, but I made this chili with a few surprise ingredients….wine and cinnamon. I have to say it was a stellar bowl of red.

Varietal – 76% Zinfandel, 24% Petite Sirah
Appellation – Lodi
TA - .59g100ml
pH – 3.60
Alcohol – 14.5%
Price - $14

Ravenswood County Series represents the winery’s middle tier wine. Grapes are sourced from old vine vineyards located in the Lodi region. Low yielding vines allow the flavors in the grape clusters to produce condensed and tight flavors. The less fruit the vine produces, the more flavor, color and tannin the grapes gain while ripening.

There’s something magical about those gnarled old vines. Twisted and arthritic looking, they give the impression of wise old souls that have endured and weathered the good the bad and the ugly. Ravenswood’s slogan is “No Wimpy Wines”,. When I think of this and envision the twisted and knotted looking vines, I can almost see them coming to life and duking it out with younger “prettier” looking vines.

Maybe I’ve had enough wine and chili for the evening, seems to be making me hallucinate. Oh what the heck, a good wine should take you away to a different world. Mine just happens to be a mix of Tim Burton and Bugs Bunny.

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