This wine was supposed to participate in my Zinful evening - I wanted to compare this pricier Ravenswood offering to the cheaper Vintners Blend - but three bottles in one evening? I am not a college student anymore! As a result of my delay, Sonadora beat me to the punch on this wine, but I couldn't finish American Wine Month without one more Zin.
The 2004 Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel comes from the Sonoma appellation. Bright cherry red, almost purple, this wine was slow to give up its secrets. The nose started all leather and blackberry fruit, very spicy, but later revealed hints of violet, mint, cedar, oak, vanilla and pistachio nuts (?). This was a powerful wine on the palate - big, dry, bitter tannins - what I imagine chewing tobacco to taste like (never tried it) - but the fruit was more modest than the nose led me to believe. Unfortunately, the heat from the alcohol mixed with big tannins made for an awkward wine. While I took Sonadora's suggestion and decanted the wine, I think it will need some cellar time time to sort itself out (but I am not certain of that). From my perspective, save some $ and go for the Vintners Blend Zin - it is ready now, lower in alcohol, and much cheaper.
Price: C$29.60 (SAQ)
PS - Note the price above vs. the price Sonadora paid - a tragedy!