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Ravenswood Chardonnay California Vintners Blend 2009

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2009 Ravenswood Winery Chardonnay Vintners Blend

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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

External Reviews for Ravenswood Chardonnay California Vintners Blend

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Drawing on a wide variety of geographic styles, fermented partly in barrels and partly in stainless steel, Vintners Blend Chardonnay blends bright, mouth-watering apple-lemon-and-melon flavors with a spicy touch of oak and fleshy note of butter. Lively and refreshing on both entry and exit, it could be all things to all Chardonnay-loving people.


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

Synonymous with Zinfandel, Ravenswood shouldnrsquo;t be, considering how well this winery handles a wide range of different varietals. The Chardonnay is no exception. Richly textured, with honey, pear, and tropical notes, and wrapped in a warm and inviting vanilla-scented oakiness, this wine has the stuffing to stand up to lighter barbecued fare.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

One of the best Chards out there in its price range. It has a rich, creamy texture, and flavors of juicy, crisp apples, tangerines and pineapples. The oak is well integrated, adding spice and smoky vanilla. Buy this beauty by the case.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Ripe, round and polished. Lush, tropical fruit envelopes the palate with just the softest touch of smooth oak. Well balanced and tasty.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Made from Chardonnay grapes grown primarily in the Sonoma Valley, this wine is partially barrel fermented and partially fermented in stainless steel. It produces a bright, lively wine with scents of apple, pears and peaches, and is particularly enjoyable with lighter fare or as a thirst-quencher on warm afternoons.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Synonymous with Zinfandel, Ravenswood shouldn't be, considering how well this winery handles a wide range of different varietals. The Chardonnay is no exception. Richly textured, with honey, pear, and tropical notes, and wrapped in a warm and inviting vanilla-scented oakiness, this wine has the stuffing to stand up to lighter barbecued fare.



2009 Ravenswood Winery Chardonnay Vintners Blend

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