Ebony Bird in a Bottle, Nevermore !

EAPravenCalifornia 14.5%

Haunting words of Edgar Allan Poe’s Poem ‘The Raven’, the film of the same name starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff and the American late 60’s rock band Creedance Clearwater Revivals hit called ‘Lodi’ all have nothing to do with wine but whenever I see this bottle with its name and label these thoughts spring to mind.

Ravenswoodlodi(450 x 600)The great looking , if slightly gothic bottle is a Californian ‘Ravenswood Lodi Old Vines Zinfandel 2011’ and if you’re looking for a big wine with lots of flavour this might fit the bill.

The dark brooding bottle held a surprisingly lighter coloured wine than I expected, with aromas of candied fruit, including cherries, plums and raspberries. Slightly smokey, slightly earthy with a sugary undertone.

On first sip I found it bursting with Juicy fruit including strawberries, blueberries although sweet there was a little tangy tartness about it. Lots of peppery spice , sweet buttery vanilla with a little heat at the back of the throat from the big 14.5% ABV.

This was a big wine with big flavours, pretty much what I expected from a Californian Zin. Nice looking bottle, pretty good for the price especially when on offer. Great with hearty food but could be easily drunk on its own.

Overall, a touch too tannic perhaps and a touch too sweet for my taste but I’m sure a lot of people will love it.

7.5corksMy Rating 7.5/10 Corks

Various around £7.99 – £9.99