2004 Ravenswood `Dickerson' Zinfandel

WINE FIND

Wine Find

November 21, 2007|By MICHAEL DRESSER

From:

Napa Valley, Calif.

Price:

$32

Serve with:

Roast turkey

You can serve either white or red with the Thanksgiving feast. Among whites, I recommend pinot gris. Among reds, zinfandel excels - especially the style of zinfandel that comes from Napa Valley fruit. And Ravenswood Dickerson is at or near the top of that breed. This wine is incredibly intense, complex and full-bodied, but with excellent balance and acidity. The flavors of cassis, blackberry and black cherry are clear and pure. The 15.5 percent alcohol is virtually undetectable under the fruit, but in combination with turkey and stuffing should ensure a great Thanksgiving night's sleep. If you can't find the low-production Dickerson, try Grgich Hills 2005 Napa Valley Zinfandel for a near-Dickerson experience.

[Michael Dresser]

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