Ravenswood California Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2009

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Just like great wine, Zinfandel vines only get better with age. For this Old Vine Zinfandel, we chose vineyards in San Joaquin County where warm days are punctuated by cool nights. The grapes stay dry, just what Zinfandel likes, but the roots have pushed deep to find water and nutrients so that the fruit is both juicy and concentrated. Cool nights mean longer hang time which in turn means more complexity. You’ll discover aromas and flavors of dried currants, spice, plum, and wild berry in this wine, along with self-assured, muscular tannins and balanced acidity. Unbelievable with lasagna, grilled pepper steak, or stew.

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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: vino in love
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2.50 5
04/01/2013

This Old Vine Zinfandel had a deep ruby red color. The nose was dominated by plums, strawberry jam, blackcurrant jam and earth. The wine had a label listed ABV of 14.5%. Unfortunately, I could smell the alcohol, too. On the palate, Old Vine Zinfandel was very fruit-forward. There were some minerals and a decent acidity, too. The wine had a small/medium body and mellow tannins. Ravenswood's Old Vine Zinfandel had a finish of medium length. Tasting notes from Vino in Love: http://vinoinlove.com


External Reviews for Ravenswood California Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel

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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/19/2011

Bright and lively, with juicy plum, black cherry, wild berry, cedar, tar and spice. Turns silky, with well-integrated tannins and crisp acidity. Drink now through 2002.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Ripe and alcoholic, with dried currant, spice, plum and dried raspberry flavors, picking up lead pencil and modest tannin on the finish. Drink now through 2005.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

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 5-6 years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/19/2011

The 1997 Zinfandel Lodi (14.3% alcohol) is an excellent bargain that rivals the Napa bottling. It possesses a deep ruby color, as well as excellent rich blackberry and cherry fruit and soil scents. In the mouth, it is medium to full-bodied, round, attractive, and mouth-filling. Drink it over the next 2-3 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Chewy and ripe, with dried raspberry, vanilla and ripe plum flavors that finish with firm tannin, lively acidity and a peppery note. Drink now through 2006.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/19/2011

From 120-year old vines; 20% of this wine was from the second crop - 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
09/27/2011

Good, solid wine: It'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 - not long but satisfying, setting the right tone for casual entertaining.


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Just like great wine, Zinfandel vines only get better with age. For this Old Vine Zinfandel, we chose vineyards in San Joaquin County where warm days are punctuated by cool nights. The grapes stay dry, just what Zinfandel likes, but the roots have pushed deep to find water and nutrients so that the fruit is both juicy and concentrated. Cool nights mean longer hang time which in turn means more complexity. You’ll discover aromas and flavors of dried currants, spice, plum, and wild berry in this wine, along with self-assured, muscular tannins and balanced acidity. Unbelievable with lasagna, grilled pepper steak, or stew.

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