Ravenswood 2009 Mendocino County Zinfandel

Mendocino County, CA; 14.9% ABV
$7 at the Oakland, CA, store on 8 Feb

IMG_1403[1]Ravenswood Zinfandels, especially the vineyard-designated bottlings, were some of the first Zins I ever drank, so I was excited to see even this more generic bottling at the GO.  It certainly had some of the Ravenswood style, but it was unfortunately not the most amazing Zin for the money.

When I opened this wine, I thought it would be a pretty good Zin after it had smoothed out with some air.  It did open up, showing typical Zin flavors of darker red raspberry, dark cherries, maybe some boysenberry, and at times, tinges of blue fruit, with earthy / woody, aged complexity.  However, open longer, and even from the saved single-glass screw-cap bottle the next day, I felt the wine never completely smoothed out and integrated well.  That said, it’s tasty enough, and certainly tastes far more like what I think Zin should taste like than most GO Zins.  Solidly Drinkable.

One thought on “Ravenswood 2009 Mendocino County Zinfandel

  1. lim13

    My experience has indicated that while not in all cases, most Zins (especially the higher alcohol ones) live well for about 5-7 years tops. So this non-vineyard designated Ravenswood was probably at its best a few years ago. Haven’t seen it up here so far, though there have been other Ravenswood wines (in Seattle GO’s).


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