Ravenswood, Zinfandel, Napa Valley 2002 ($12) – As I have noted on my podcast, I always considered Napa Valley Zin’s as being more “Cab-like” and not one to get down and dirty like Sonoma or Sierra Foothills bottlings. I found this one on sale, so I picked it up earlier in the week to give it a try. Like it’s cousins from other appellations, it’ a bruiser with 14.5% alcohol.
Garnet in color, with nice blackberry and cedar aromas from oak. Ripe blackberry and plum fruit with dusty, but quite noticeable, tannins. I might cellar some of these for another couple of years. Very good value. Score: 8.5/10