Each Friday, #Ottawa sommelier Monique Ippolito introduces us to a new wine worth savouring and sharing. Cheers!
by Monique Ippolito
Another week, another wine! Here are five reasons why Ravenswood Besieged is our wine of the week:
LCBO Vintages #414136 | $24.95
1. It’s a mystifying medley of several grape varieties that is uncommonly blended together to craft a bold red wine. The Besieged is a blend of California’s most robust red grape varieties including: Petite Syrah, Carignane, Zinfandel, Syrah, Barbera, Alicante Bouschet and Mouvedre.
2. The Besieged is not just a bold – fortuitously blended – red wine, its grapes are sourced from some of the best pockets of vineyards located all over Sonoma County. These vineyards are situated in:
– The Alexander Valley – warm micro climate with gravelly soils
– The Dry Creek Valley – one of California’s most historic wine growing sub-regions
– Sonoma Valley – experiences a large diurnal difference in temperature (cool nights are a rarity in the Northern Coast valleys)
– The Russian River Valley – situated minutes from the Pacific Ocean, this sub-region can experience a fog that sometimes brings the largest temperature drops in Sonoma County (drops between 35⁰ – 40⁰)
– Knights Valley – remote vineyards embraced by Mount St. Helena
– Sonoma Mountain – vineyards are planted on steeply sloped, well drained high altitude areas
3. This wine was crafted by a California legend – The “Godfather of Zin” himself – Joel Peterson. Joel is a highly respected and “gutsy trendsetting” wine producer who started out with a humble “garage operation” and grew to become the top producer of Zinfandel worldwide.
4. It tastes delicious! The Besieged carries moderate fruit forward and baking spice aromas of cooked raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, anise, vanilla and cocoa. The acidity is quite mouthwatering (medium-high), tannins are still firm (medium +), and key flavours include: ripe/cooked red and blackberry fruit, vanilla and a long cocoa and mint finish.
5. You can definitely enjoy this full bodied red wine with prime rib or tenderloin roasts; but given our festive weekend, it would make a fantastic pair with a dark autumn night!
You can find more fantastic reviews for Ravenswood Besieged here: http://goo.gl/CzP9SD