This is the second vintage I’ve tasted of Ravenswood’s zinfandel, and there’s an evenness to this wine. I found myself quite enjoying the 2014 vintage’s expression of blackberry, bramble fruit and full bodied style. (Region: Lodi, California, Rating: Good, Would I buy it based on this tasting? The wine has its place: I’d suggest it as a shiraz substitute at a BBQ, Drink: now, Tasted: Jan, 2017)
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I tasted these two wines in sequence, the former Bordeaux slightly lacking in charm, and the latter Cali cab being a little cooked in expression. Do I confess that I wondered whether they might, blended together, be capable of presenting more than the sum of their parts? The full body of the Cali cab, adding mid palate weight and overt fruit to the spine given by the more austere Bordeaux and resulting in a wine more than the sum of its parts. Sounds a bit realistic doesn’t it? Oh, wait.
Antoine Moueix Cloitre des Capucins Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2011, Bordeaux
Lovely fragrant nose. Christmas cake, violets and perhaps game meats. The palate disappoints. A restrained, slightly hard expression of plums and spice.
Drawbridge Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, California
From Lodi in the north of California’s Central Valley, this wine commences its journey from the opposite direction. Dried currant and prune aromatics. The palate is full bodied and has an impression of sweet fruited raisins. Tends to simple.
I did not see obvious further details about Drawbridge