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Ravenswood Barricia Vineyard Zinfandel 2007

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

The vineyard was originally planted in 1862 with mission grapes then planted over to Zinfandel and mixed blacks in about 1888 with additional acreage planted in 1996 and 1998. 33% new wood. Reticent on the nose with touches of pencil lead, flowers and Ivy adding detail to the bright boysenberry and plum fruit with a distinct woodsy underlay. Assertive acids keep this fresh though the fruit is lush and broad and the tension with the crisp tannins gives this a lovely texture. This is a touch short at this point but it has superb clarity. 91pts

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Ravenswood Winery:
  No Wimpy Wines. That’s the motto of Ravenswood Winery, a winery that believes that white Zinfandel’s best quality is that it preserved Old Vine Zinfandel during Prohibition. That’s not just some flashy name either: Joel Peterson, founder and winemaker of Ravenswood and nicknamed “the Godfather of Zin,” lives it every day. He spent 15 tireless years tr... Read more
  No Wimpy Wines. That’s the motto of Ravenswood Winery, a winery that believes that white Zinfandel’s best quality is that it preserved Old Vine Zinfandel during Prohibition. That’s not just some flashy name either: Joel Peterson, founder and winemaker of Ravenswood and nicknamed “the Godfather of Zin,” lives it every day. He spent 15 tireless years trying to get his winery to turn a profit, and while his first harvest was in 1976, it was in 1992 that he finally quit his other job at a clinical lab, splitting his life in two the whole time. Financing the operation was always difficult. For many years, the winery moved around, trying to find a cheap place to house their operations. It wasn’t until their Vintners Blend program was launched that they were finally able to settle down with the money they made, in 1991. Starting in the mid 80s, Vintners Blend was a less expensive wine, thanks to the fact that it was created by blending many grapes from different vineyards. In 1982 Ravenswood made their first Zinfandel with grapes from multiple vineyards, creating its County Series: wines that feature regional distinctions. Today, it sources grapes from over 100 vineyards in northern California, a huge expansion from its original vagabond roots. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Ravenswood Barricia Vineyard Zinfandel

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065223,796
4.50 5
10/05/2009

The vineyard was originally planted in 1862 with mission grapes then planted over to Zinfandel and mixed blacks in about 1888 with additional acreage planted in 1996 and 1998. 33% new wood. Reticent on the nose with touches of pencil lead, flowers and Ivy adding detail to the bright boysenberry and plum fruit with a distinct woodsy underlay. Assertive acids keep this fresh though the fruit is lush and broad and the tension with the crisp tannins gives this a lovely texture. This is a touch short at this point but it has superb clarity. 91pts


Member Reviews for Ravenswood Barricia Vineyard Zinfandel

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Snooth User: jamessulis
4262201,594
4.00 5
Vintage: 2012 04/25/2015

This is about a 30-35 dollar Zin and it's well worth it. Very odiferous of ripe berries, cassis, floral and spice. It's taste is of dark fruits, earth, dust, lively acids to maintain it's freshness and tannins that hit the mark. A lovely cranberry spice coats the mouth with a slight lingering of bing cherry.


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.50 5
09/27/2009

a dark, full bodied experience, blackberries, black plums, cedar, and a little spice as it finishes


Snooth User: jem1234
591768609
4.00 5
01/31/2012

Everything a Zin should be: rich, bold and flavorful.


Snooth User: drsint
1424482,804
3.50 5
01/26/2012

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Ravenswood Barricia Vineyard Zinfandel

External Review
Source: WineChateau.com
03/27/2010

76% Zinfandel, 24% Petite SirahThe 2007 Barricia is likely the most perfumed wine of the Single Vineyard Designates, eliciting ethereal qualities on the nose. While it is very dark ruby, it will strike lovers of claret-style wines with its Cabernet-like structure and form. Possessing a wow of spice and having characters of cherry pie and fresh berry preserves.



Tasting Notes:

The 2007 Barricia is likely the most perfumed wine of the Single Vineyard Designates, eliciting ethereal qualities on the nose. While it is very dark ruby, it will strike lovers of claret-style wines with its Cabernet-like structure and form. Possessing a wow of spice and having characters of cherry pie and fresh berry preserves, this wine will bring out the best flavors of your typical California cuisine—grilled chicken, smoked barbeque, and other fresh and organic foods. It has a long, firm finish that includes hints of cracked pepper. – Joel Peterson

1500 cases produced.

Aged 20 months in French Oak.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.5% pH: 3.53

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