Once again if you need a refresher on the rules you can find a recap here. The main one two keep in mind here, per the picture above, that these were tasted blind (again I know… single blind). Here is what I had on my mind before the bottles hit the table:
- Bogle: Coming fresh off my experience with their Petite Sirah I immediately had title hopes for this one. Can it deliver?
- Ravenswood: Lots of people really like this wine. While it’s nice I’ve never understood the allure. I thought going blind would be a good way to see if this could rise beyond the mediocrity (meant in a good way, this is not a bad wine) I had permanently affixed to it.
With pregame covered let’s get to the main event. Here is how it went down on twitter:
2006 Ravenswood Vinters Blend Zin ($8): This one starts off nice on the nose and the palate before it falls apart on the finish bringing loads of heat. This quickly disappeared when paired with the turkey meatloaf on the table. What it left behind was a nice smooth, chalky wine with bold fruits but now instead of the hot finish you find it unexpectedly tart and thin, even a bit acidic. For $8 I’m trying something else. If you are a Ravenswood fan don’t let that sway you as I have yet to “connect” with their wines. Rating: 12th bottle
2006 Bogle Old Vine Zin ($10): As far back as the nose I noted that this one showed more range and character than the other wine that was on the table in a brown bag. On the palate it continued to distinguish itself being smooth and well balanced. The mouth-feel was silky with dark, rich fruits with earthy (almost dirt-like) notes. The finish is bold with heavy notes of plum and lasts nicely. You can count me a fan but at ten bones I’m not buying more than a bottle at a time. Rating: Pricey