Ravenswood Zinfandel Lodi 2005

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Ravenswood Zinfandel Lodi 2005
Ravenswood Zinfandel Lodi, at around £10, is the threshold Zin crossing over from Pap Zin to Good Zin. It’s the Audi TT of Zinfandel, not quite in the super car range, or the cool car range but it’s saying, “hey, I have some cash, I’m appealing, I’m doing alright for myself”. Ravenswood is possibly the worlds most famous Zinfandel producer and as such is available pretty much everywhere (except Italy of course) so the poor bashed Zin fans won’t have to carry their brown paper bag too far home, their cheeks burning red with shame.
“No Wimpy Wines” is the tag line of the Ravenswood winery in Sonoma, California and it’s an apt claim indeed. Having sampled around half of the Ravenswood range over the last year all the wines, all Zinfandel, have punched me square in the mush. These are big fruity wines, not about finesse and/or balance, the wines are fruit bombs that are guaranteed to please anyone who loves heaps of fruit and sugar. Think of a thick alcoholic Ribena and you’re really close to a Ravenswood Zinfandel. Not a match for my Salmon dinner last night, not even close, but it is a wine you can drink very easily at a party and at 15% alcohol it’s no wonder my head is a touch sore while I type this.
I liked it. Actually. I really did. There’s a time and a place for classic wines and there is also room in my wine world for a jammy, one dimensional Zinfandel hit and this Ravenswood number is not going to disappoint anyone who likes it a bit sweet now and again.
Ravenswood Zinfandel Lodi 2005BUY – £9
Deep purple in the glass, good intensity. Fast and furious with the nose, heaps of vanilla, cherry and strawberry. Huge, mouth filling, jammy palate with acres of cherry flavours. Nothing delicate about this offering. Fruit bomb. 88 Points

Many people enjoy this international fruit bomb style, many do not. Personally I get a kick out of all wines. There is no bad varietal, just bad timing. So shushy.
Where can I buy this wine?
Don’t be lazy! Everywhere.

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I’m pretty sure loads of you have tried one Zinfandel from the Ravenswood range. Are you down with the Ravenswood?

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Jeremy says:

    I haven’t drunk it for about a year. But Ravenswood Zinfandel is always a fairly safe bet. I haven’t tried to Lodi one yet, but all of the others I have tried I have always been happy with. Deep full bodied and for just over 10 Euros in the Netherlands you can do a LOT worse.

  2. Fiel says:

    I’ve never seen the appeal to this style of Zinfandel. It’s a shame that the big name prodcuers like this undo the work of the better lesser known winemakers.

  3. Gina says:

    My dad is the BIGGEST Ravenswood fan in the land, so I tried most of their offerings and do enjoy quite a few of them. Have you ever tried their Baricia Zin? Not cheap but yummy. There’re some rare wines only available at the winery that are fantastic but I am not going to brag as I have the unfair advantage living close to Sonoma.

  4. The Prosecco Lady says:

    I am a huge fan of the Ravenswood Teldeschi Zinfandel. Black pepper, vanilla, hints of smoke and tar intermingled with ripe fruit flavours. Hedonism in a bottle.

  5. moonkin says:

    Widely available and loved. There are some nay-sayers for RW Zin but I’d say its one of the most popular wines produced over here.

  6. @dagmf says:

    I visited Ravenswood my self this summer and ended up buying the Lodi myself. Quit an enjoyable wine, all 12 bottles went belly up during the US stay. The other wines are much more jam-like.

  7. Big fan of Ravenswood – Ridge are better but more expensive 🙁 – Teldeschi is better then the Lodi in my opinion but still good wine !

  8. Anonymous says:

    Agreed with Robert, Ridge Zinfandel is a better choice but see you’ve had the latest Lytton Spring last month and enjoyed. I also recommend Seghesio Rockpile Zins for under $30

  9. I think it’s fantastic – not the Lodi so much, but the Vintner’s Blend, which is around £11. I usually buy it when I want a good wine and a safe bet.

  10. alcoholics says:

    Wines with high percentage of alcohol volume must only consumed in moderation. Moreover, in order to add extra care to your health, it’s best to take note of alcohol volume in alcoholic beverages, as to avoid any complication that may arise in the future.

  11. Rob says:

    Or you could just enjoy a bottle of wine instead of worrying about anything that's considered 'bad' for you.

    I love the Lodi,I've not found anything else i enjoy more for the price.

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