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The 2010 Ravens Wood Zinfandel was my go-to wine when in a pinch.   The 2011 version leaves me bewildered.  Hollow, lacking fruit and just average.  What little fruitiness I got was predominantly plum, with some cherry mixed it.  There was a certain spice that overcame the fruit.  Pepper and oak were evident and the lack of tannins apparent.  I must have missed something here because this winery is consistent.  Perhaps I had an off bottle.  For around $9 it is usually a great QPR wine that works well for parties, BBQ’s and even the odd poker game.  I did enjoy it somewhat, but was disappointed at the difference between vintages.  I am reserving judgement on this one for a second tasting.

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