Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel 2013

Last post from those birthday celebrations a few weeks back.  As you may recall, we managed to pull off a second “surprise” party for the old geezer (just kidding).  Besides Thai Food – Pad Thai, Seafood Fried Rice, Vegetable Spring Rolls and Steamed Dumplings – we also had a marvelous chocolate cake.  Unfortunately, I’m not authorized to post pictures of the cake here because the decorations included the celebrant’s name and age.  That information is evidently not for general public consumption.  Luckily, the cake was available for consumption at the party, and it was tasty.  This Zinfandel is what I chose to sip with it.

Vineyard: Ravenswood
Wine:  Vintner’s Blend, Old Vine Zinfandel
Varietal: Zinfandel
Vintage: 2013
Appellation: California
Price: $13.99

Notes:  This Ravenswood was dark red with a piquant nose of turpentine, meat and berries.  It was medium-bodied and had a very nice, smooth affect on the tongue.  Acidity was good, tannins were medium, and alcohol was at 13.5%.  Flavors I detected were blueberry, cherry, plenty of pepper, along with smoke and ash notes.  I liked this Zin.  It was fine with the cake but even better on it’s own.

photo by childofmidnight

Twisted Wines Old Vine Zinfandel 2011

Sometimes a simple, approachable, flavorful wine is just what the doctor ordered.

Vineyard: Twisted Wines
Wine:  Old Vine Zinfandel
Varietal: Zinfandel
Vintage: 2011
Appellation: California
Price: $15.99 per Magnum

Notes:  This wine was soft, mellow and fruity.  For me the nose carried scents of red fruits – plum and cherry – along with hints of vanilla.  On the palate the red plum and cherry repeated with hints of strawberry as it breathed.  I also tasted some vanilla and an underlying note of anise.  Very light tannins brought a slight fuzziness on the tongue and a bit of menthol to the finish.  The acidity was low, and the label put the alcohol at 13.5%.

It wasn’t a wine epiphany.  It isn’t even, generally speaking, the kind of Zinfandel I prefer.  But I know from personal experience that this Old Vine Zin from Twisted Wines can make a pretty good budget-friendly selection to share at an informal party.   In fact, I took a bottle to a get-together this weekend where it was a big hit.   Of course, this is not for the wine enthusiast group, or the wine tasting event, or the “I insist on Dom Perignon in my Mimosa” crowd: this is for an easy, breezy chat-with-neighbors-in-the-condo-courtyard-and-eat-grilled-burgers kind of gathering.

Important: I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.