Ravenswood 2007 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

Sonoma County, CA; 14.6% ABV; apparently labeled for export to Mexico
$6 at the Oakland, CA, store on 8 Feb

IMG_1404[1]I thought the Ravenswood 2009 Mendocino County Zinfandel was reasonably good.  This wine is much better, for a dollar less.

I decanted this wine off some sediment that was almost entirely crystalline, so decanting was not really necessary for that reason.  After about 1.5 hours, it showed full-bodied ripe blackberry, dark cherries, and something in the mint / eucalyptus area.  The finish was dry and tannic, but not harshly so.

The second half (saved in a 375ml bottle and stoppered with very little air) was even better.  After another hour or so of air in the glass, the wine showed richer, fuller-bodied, ripe fruit of blackberry, dark purple / red cherries, blackcurrant, cranberry, and a little mint.  The finish is still thickly tannic but pleasant.  This is a big Thumbs Up for me.

Update: I should add that, just popped and poured, this wine seems thin and tannic.  It really needs the air to fill out, so I guess decanting would be helpful for that purpose.


8 thoughts on “Ravenswood 2007 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

  1. BargainWhine Post author

    I opened a bottle of this tonight and, compared to the bottle I reviewed, it was less rich and complex, more red and acid. This one may be going downhill with surprising speed. Anyone else try one lately?

  2. EHL

    Based on your thumbs up review, BW, I picked up four bottles…and am glad that I did.

    Popped a cork on one today and enjoyed it while witnessing a radiant ruby-red Winter sunset do battle with a rolling bank of gray fog that threatened to engulf San Francisco’s majestic skyline.

    The Cab was deep purple, rich and full-bodied, with delicious black cherry and dark plum flavors. Accompanying it were notes of licorice, smokey leather and a hint of that medicinal element. The pleasing finish was lengthy, rounded out with silky tannins and a very nice mouthfeel.

    With 14.6% alcohol, the half-bottle I consumed left me with a warm glow to match the
    Peter Max-ish post-sunset flush of colors…

    1. BargainWhine Post author

      Hi EHL. I’m glad you liked the wine. Thanks for sharing your notes and for setting the scene. 🙂

  3. seedboy

    Thanks so much for reviewing this. I was under-whelmed with the zin. After the Ardente I really don’t need much cab, but at that price this sounds like a good deal.


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