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Ravenswood California Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2007

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88 points Josh Raynolds (International Wine Cellar): Bright ruby. Deep dark berry and cola aromas are complicated by cured tobacco and baking spices. Fleshy and gently sweet, with good depth and sweet raspberry and blackberry flavors. Fresh, straightforward and refreshingly brisk, with good finishing lift and cut. (May/Jun 2009)

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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

Member Reviews for Ravenswood California Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel

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Snooth User: kbowser105
695746208
4.00 5
03/26/2011

Another great Zin!!


Snooth User: mattg722
535186185
3.00 5
09/20/2010

Nice solid Zin for the price tag. Actually paired it with mexican food and it worked out quite well. Awesome rich fruit nose on this one.


Snooth User: kbowser105
695746208
4.00 5
04/27/2011

Four glasses


External Reviews for Ravenswood California Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

From 120-year old vines; 20% of this wine was from the second crop mdash; after the grower picked a huge first crop in August. Saturated dark ruby. Aromatic nose of blackberry jam, cracked pepper and molasses. Sweet, dense flavors of blueberry and dark chocolate leavened by strong acidity. Finishes with port-like notes.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Thick, rich, concentrated blueberry fruit, and bright, lively berry flavors hinting at raspberry give this wine that classic robust fruit of Zinfandel. Twelve monthsrsquo; maturation in a combination of new and old French oak barrels has rounded and fattened the wine while contributing notes of vanillin and subtle spice. Deliciously drinkable young for its precocious, soft, spicy berry fruit and lush texture.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Good, solid wine: Itrsquo;s light in color, firm and stony on the palate, the black fruit soft, round and supple in the midst of the firm structure. Black pepper and anise flavors fill out the warm finish mdash; not long but satisfying, setting the right tone for casual entertaining.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

This rich, round, full-flavored Zinfandel is drawn from two distinct vineyards in the Lodi appellation. Deliciously drinkable young for its precocious, soft, spicy berry fruit and lush texture, this classic Lodi Zin will continue to evolve over the next 5ndash;6 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
11/05/2011

Good bright red-ruby. Superripe aromas of blueberry, blackberry, licorice and menthol. Juicy and fresh, with sweet berry and spice flavors and good cut. From vines picked before the early September heat wave.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
11/05/2011

Shows ripe plum and licorice aromas, with lively, slightly untamed dried cherry, spice and blueberry flavors. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
11/05/2011

A big bruiser with youthful wild berry, sage and earth flavors and hefty tannins. Has the jamminess and sharp acids of a young wine. Drink with rich meats, tomato sauce and olive oil.


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88 points Josh Raynolds (International Wine Cellar): Bright ruby. Deep dark berry and cola aromas are complicated by cured tobacco and baking spices. Fleshy and gently sweet, with good depth and sweet raspberry and blackberry flavors. Fresh, straightforward and refreshingly brisk, with good finishing lift and cut. (May/Jun 2009)

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