Thursday, November 8, 2012

Rabbit Ridge Paso Robles 2007 Zinfandel

Rabbit Ridge Paso Robles 2007 Zinfandel, $12.74-$16.99, 81 points, requires some comment: Zinfandel usually is a wine people drink young, though I've heard of people drinking them, with satisfaction, as old as twenty years or so, but these are the better, proven Zinfandels. VinoGirl from Vinsanity recently mentioned with pleasure the Fritz Winery 1998 Late Harvest Zinfandel, and others have mentioned some of the older Ridge Zinfandels, but a rule of thumb with these wines is to drink early, drink young.
I prefaced my comments concerning the Rabbit Ridge Paso Robles 2007 Zinfandel, because it was awkward and not satisfying at all, but I doubt that it was "bad", just too old.
The color is a bit cloudy orange red, still has a clear rim.
The aroma is prune with a vegetative note, almost like asparagus (usually a sign of age or spoilage).
The medium body has fair acidity and unnoticeable tannin.
The flavor is big, overbearing with a sour prune, coffee (which can't save this wine), alcohol (14.9%), and spice which continues long into the spicy finish (still can't save this wine).
I've dug out of the cellar a bottle of the 2007 Green and Red Zinfandel to compare, since these wines were bought and kept together for some time now, they should show some of the same characteristics, unless, as I suspect, Green and Red is just a better Zinfandel.


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  1. Brother, Rabbit Ridge could be a conformation of where we are as a Nation and where we are heading concerning the outcome of the elections! People are like scared RABBITS who have been running for a man to fix the mess we are in, and we find ourselves at a very steep RIDGE(Precipice, and next step that we take, it will be all over but the WINEing!

  2. Yes, I tend to agree that Zins should be consumed whilst relatively young, but I suspect that what you suspect about Rabbit Ridge just not being that good may be accurate. Thanks for mentioning my blog.
    And I'll have a glass of what Ed is drinking!