Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Ravenswood Napa Zinfandel 2009
The Ravenswood Napa Valley Old Vine Zinfandel 2009 seems to be a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane sourced from various vineyards in the Napa Valley, with a nice happy hour price of $6.75 by the glass. It’s very dark in the glass and makes its presence known right away. The nose is big and juicy, with blackberry, black cherry, cedar and spice exploding from the glass. I think of the Ravenswood tag line, “No wimpy wines,” and figure this must be what they mean.
The palate is lush with dark fruit, and loaded with spicy cinnamon, vanilla and white pepper. It’s very smooth in the mouth, with firm tannins surfacing on the finish. It certainly washed the happy hour sliders down properly.
Bass Stout. When did Bass get tired of being the lighter side of a Black and Tan? Fairly recently, apparently. The bartender said it’s a brand new entry in the beer field. It's not quite as thick and full as Guinness and lacks the creaminess of the venerable Irish stout, but it hits pretty darn close. Barkeep told me this Callender's (Wilshire, Miracle Mile, Los Angeles) is one of the first places to carry it.
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