One of the good things about visiting the USA is the plentiful supply of Zinfandel. This can lead to over-buying, which can be a bad thing, but it also means that bottles lurk in the basement, ready for any occasion. I recently had a Ravenswood Vintners Blend Zinfandel 2001 which had been resting in the basement for four or five years. It was a value wine, I think the Meijers ‘on sale’ sticker said $7.99, so I did expect it to taste a little tired and maybe completely gone.
I was wrong. The colour had started to shift with a slight bit of orange creeping in around the edge, yet it still smelled fruity with a rich vanilla ‘sauce’. It seemed to have a smidge of sweetness to it, with a full body. The flavour of raspberries and sweet cherries was lively and the vanilla was joined by a warming spice, helped along by a good zip of alcohol.
It was really quaff-able, having improved over the years. It’s worth stashing some away, as it tastes far more expensive after a few years next to the Christmas decorations.