As Sonoma chauvinists, Ravenswood admits that they sometimes evince a parochial attitude toward their primary rival. Occasionally, however, they're forced to recognize that there's a reason why Napa is America's most famous wine region. Case in point: Ravenswood Napa Valley Zinfandel, which displays the sort of savoire-faire associated with aristocracy. Combining a rich quotient of Napa's polished raspberry-cedar character with a tasteful amount of opulent French vanilla, this wine has the exquisite balance that comes with superior breeding. Would that all scions of the upper crust could bestow such beautiful harmony.
Pleasing bright, ripe plum flavors with mouth-watering acidity and fine tannin structure followed by a racy, lingering finish that tastes of raspberries, cloves, cardamom and vanilla.