Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2005 & 2008 Ravenswood Zinfandel Wines Remarkably Different

In the movie Sideways, Maya is waxing philosophical saying that a bottle of wine is going to" taste differently on any given day" (Don't you wish your palate was that attuned?); well, if that is true for a single bottle of wine, just imagine different vintages?
How many times we've seen a vintage of a particular wine in the top ten of a nationally recognized contest, only to see that it did not even make "Honorable mention" the next year?

Vintner's Blend-Ravenswood did not fare well in my wine tasting some time ago, but since, in some sense, over 80% of wine drinkers decide to buy their wine BY BRAND, I thought it would be interesting to try two of the same wines together, separated only by year. Of course this is elementary stuff, but for a newbie like me, it's new ground and another beginning in my experience of wine tasting.

Ravenswood Napa Valley 2005 Zinfandel, $15.99, 86 points, magenta in color, grape nose, and can be described as a bit early palate light, but only a fair spice finish with no unpleasing flavors (Not much in flavor at all); a quaff-able wine of a fair tannic structure, lively acidity, and clarity.

Ravenswood Napa Valley 2008 Zinfandel, $15.99, 85 points, is a vastly different wine having a somewhat pungent floral, almost Lilac aroma with a hint of kerosene on the late palate, a taste more associated with White wines, and a somewhat short spicy-pepper finish. The 2008 is more fruity than the 2005, but can't over-come its unbalanced qualities.

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