This time I am writing in English, so that our good friends in Atlanta, Bill and Lisa can read it. Today we enjoyed a very good bottle that was a gift from them back in the summer of 2006, when they visited us in Värmdö, so they definitely deserve to read the verdict.
Thinly sliced beef, potato wedges and Mexican ratatouille with corn, tomatoes, red onions, avocado, chilies, garlic and tabasco was the Friday evening meal, and we needed a good red to match it. Up came 2002 Ravenswood Zinfandel Teldeschi. Ravenswood in Sonoma has really specialized in Zinfandels and they are of course well known for their volume wines in the Vintner's Blend series. Teldeschi, however, is a single vineyard wine from Dry Creek Valley, and only 2 400 cases were produced, so this is definitely more boutique than mass-market.
We opened up the bottle the night before, so plenty of air helped to open it up. A dark dense wine, with an abundance of forward fruit, mainly plums and a little cherry. There is also a slight hint of chocolat in the flavor. The alcohol content is high (14,9%), but it is well masked by all the nice fruit. We both thought this was a delicious Zin, probably the best we have had since CigarZin.
The Ravenwood credo is "No Wimpy Wines", and this time they definitely lived up to it.