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Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel 2012

This old vine zin from Lodi California (known as the Zinfandel capital of the world) is fantastic value, retailing here at €12. Bought in McHughs off licence. It’s difficult to find american wines on our shelves apart from the big brand generic ones. You know who they are.

Zinfandel, grown in America and Primitivo, grown in Italy are actually the same grape variety. Ravenswood winemaker Joel Patterson, with a love for old world wines, wanted to keep this wine close to its European roots and use only french oak, shunning American as “the first planters in Sonoma California were Italian” ahh romanticism vinified.

Ravenswoods ‘no wimpy wine’ motto is indeed upheld with this punchy full bodied wine. What I like most about it is that I can quite happily sip on it without needing food. Yes it’s a robust wine not to mention the 14.5% alcohol so go easy, but it’s full of lifted black cherries, juicy blueberries on a bed of vanilla and mocha with a mild spice aftertaste, which takes nothing away from the smooth silkiness that lingers on the palate. Sometimes it’s good to appreciate bold flavours and a full body alone.

If you would rather have this wine with food, suggested pairings have been blackened steaks, BBQ, Italian meatballs and tomato based dishes.

Either way … Enjoy!




  1. Nicely put my friend! It is a pitty that modern primitivo or Zinfandel are getting too dark or too strong in alcohol levels. After all, one should start with this grape for the aperitif of even antipasta(i)… Then move on to the darker side of puglia, Negroamaro… Salento… Like Billy Connelly said, “them wines will make your legs drunk” 🙂

    • So true! Far too many wines these days are too high in alcohol. Hardly any time to enjoy the wine, before you know it you’ve slid under the table sozzled!

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