Well, first of all yes, it is Ravenswood not Ravens Wood. You’ve probably seen their distinctive label in supermarkets and Off Licenses for a while now. They began making wine in California the 70’s and released their first vintage in 1976. The Lodi is part of their County Range. They say…
Hard by the sandy shores of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River delta, the agricultural town of Lodi is home to a lot of old Zinfandel vines. It’s considered a warm region, but its location, directly in line with the Golden Gate, brings daily afternoon breezes that soften the summer temperatures. Combine this with ancient vines in alluvial soil where roots grow very deep, and you’ve got a formula for ripe, lush Zin that’s also concentrated and intense. Soft, round, spicy and jammy with voluptuous overtones of plums and blueberries, this wine lives large — and irresistible — in the here and now.
As with most “modern” New World websites they give you quite a lot of information about the wine. For those of you who are interested here it is.
Composition: 84% Zinfandel, 14% Petite Sirah, 2% Mixed Blacks
Aging: 18 months in French oak, 30% new
Skin Contact: 10 to 15 days
Total Acidity: 0.65
Ageability: Drink now or in 3 to 5+ years
The Zinfandel grape originated in Croatia but now is synonymous with California and is well known (and liked) for its “intense fruitiness, lush texture, and high alcohol content”. Now, as you all know I tend to rate a red wine grape on how similar/different it is to Shiraz/Merlot! In this case I’ll say it tastes like… red wine.
Let me explain. When you feel like drinking a red wine you want that tart zingy tannin taste mixed with a fruity flavour. I would argue that if you wanted the tannin then go for Shiraz, if you want the (mellow) fruitiness then go for a decent Merlot. Zinfandel gives you both, thus when I drank this I thought the best way to describe it was as a red wine. It had all I expected it to have!
I liked this wine. It really fulfilled my desire for a good glass of red. I think the zingy, dry tannins in this wine are better suited to be matched with food rather than drinking on it’s own (although that’s what I mostly did with this one). I’ll rate this as a good 4 star wine.
Ravenswood Lodi 2004 Old Vine Zinfandel