Region: United States – California
Cost: $9 – $12
Aromas of cherry and black pepper lead into a taste of sour cherry, chocolate, and raspberry. A nice peppery finish with just a hint of alcohol at the end. Pairs well with red meat and pasta.
Recommendation: This is, admitedly, one of the first red zinfandels that I’ve ever had. I had always been wary of zinfandels because of the white variety, something that I have no taste for. Because of the Ravenswood Zinfandel, my wife and I are both converts the red zinfandel train of thought. The great dark berry flavors are a great lead into the peppery finish, something that I’m a huge fan of. While it is a bit fruity on the front end (as many California wines tend to be), it wasn’t enough to ruin the wine for me. If you’re new to red zinfandel, this is a good one to start with, and if you’re looking for an affordable zinfandel to keep around the house, you really can’t miss with this one. Definitely worth a try.