Dendor Patton Wisdom Old Vine Zinfandel

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Jan 182011
2007 Old Vine Zinfandel,  Mendocino County, CA $30 (S) — Rating 92

Dendor Patton Wisdom is a uniquely well-balanced and food friendly Zinfandel. Not as big and jammy as some from Sonoma, this beautiful medium-bodied Zin from Mendocino has a lovely nose of blueberry and briar with soft tannins and enough spice and oak to add character. The blend includes 7.5% Petite Sirah which adds to and compliments the structure.

Ravenswood Zinfandel Big River Vineyard

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Jan 142011
2007 Big River Vineyards, Alexander Valley, CA $35 (S) Rating 92

Ravenswood Zinfandel Big River Vineyard is a delicious Zinfandel with all the jammy and spicy character you crave  from an excellent old vine Zinfandel. The wine opens quickly both to nose and palate. Deep and fleshy with flavors of blackberry and plum, this Alexander Valley Zinfandel  is complimented by a supple tannin structure.

Ravenswood Zinfandel Barricia Vineyard

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Jan 142011
2007 Barrica Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma, CA $35 (S) — Rating 90

Patience, Grasshooper, Patience. Ravenswood Barrica Single Vineyard is a very structured Zinfandel. At opening this zinfandel (24% Petite Sirah) is a bit tight, but give it time to breathe and it opens nicely albeit still structured. This old vine, low yield, dry farmed vineyard produces an intense and perfumed wine. We were surprised at how well this wine paired with our dinner of pasta with a rustic spicy Italian meat/tomato sauce. The food enhanced the wine and the wine enhanced the food. The way it should be!

Dec 062010
2008 8 Cousins Vineyard – Russian River Valley, CA $18 — Rating 86

Very nice Zinfandel for the price. Good rich Zinny flavors although a bit lighter and less complex than some from Dry Creek. Good food pairing Zin.