Inspired by the last post, last night I opened a bottle of my favorite go-to Zinfandel, Ravenswood’s Vintners Blend, to go with the huge batch of hearty Bolognese pasta sauce that I was inspired to whip up in this wet fall weather.
This is a consistent wine year after year, and one that is readily available in BC. The 2007 did not disappoint: rich and full, with black cherry fruit and mixed peppercorns on the nose. Balanced tannins, not over the top. A very accessible wine from a winery that has been producing Zinfandels in California for more than 30 years. I love Ravenswood’s tag line: No Wimpy Wines! The winemaker, Joel Peterson, is known as the “Godfather of Zin”, and if you explore the website a bit, you can easily start to believe the hype.
In addition to this entry-level Zin, they produce other specialized Zinfandels – including Old Vines versions with “high zinfandelity” – as well as Chardonnay, Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. I have enjoyed their Lodi Old Vines Zinfandel before – a treat!
Zinfandel is one of the wines that I never, ever seem to be able to identify in a blind tasting. I am not sure why this is… the fruit resembles Merlot, the spice, Shiraz… but the unique combination doesn’t seem to leap out at me. More practice required!!!! Will have to have a tasting where someone pours one of each of the three and we analyze them minutely to learn the differences up close. It’s very demanding, this sommelier certification…
2007 Ravenswood Vintners Blend Zinfandel. California, USA. 13.5%, rubber cork closure. ≈$20.00