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Ravenswood 'Besieged' Red Blend 2013

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Coming from California’s Ravenswood, this 2013 “Vintners Blend” Zinfandel is a lush red wine with dark berry fruit and smooth structure. Big, bold, unapologetic. Delicious aromas of black cherry and raspberries along with hints of oak.

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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

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Snooth User: EMark
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1.50 5
10/07/2014

Boy, I did not hate this wine, but I won't be buying more. Totally unintegrated, a bit too fruity for me, pretty flaccid.


Snooth User: gmb468
1322545359
3.50 5
11/21/2014

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Ravenswood 'Besieged' Red Blend

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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
08/09/2015

Expressive, not expensive, this has an appetizing mixture of spice, herb and smoke aromas, plenty of blackberry and raspberry flavors, and a soothing texture. It smells like black pepper, dried thyme and wood smoke, then turns more fruity in the mouth. It is medium bodied and slightly soft in balance.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
08/09/2015

Soft and fairly simple, with notes of raspberry, herb and pepper. Drink now through 2019. 400,000 cases made.


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
01/13/2016

Robust red, brimming with mouthwatering flavors of spicy ripe raspberry, cherry and boysenberry.



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Coming from California’s Ravenswood, this 2013 “Vintners Blend” Zinfandel is a lush red wine with dark berry fruit and smooth structure. Big, bold, unapologetic. Delicious aromas of black cherry and raspberries along with hints of oak.

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