Ravenswood Dickerson Zinfandel Napa Valley 2003

Member Review by EMark:

Fairly big brambly nose. Quite fruity introduction to the palate—dark berries, a bit of peach and, definitely, fig. However, I would not characterize this one as “jammy.” Noticeable heat—mid- to rear palate--indicates to me that it has peaked—i.e., disintegration that I have noticed in stored wines is starting and, so, the alcohol is noticeable. Today, this is a very good wine. I’m sure that a year ago it was better. I suspect that a year from now, not quite so good.

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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
8478046,150
3.50 5
09/16/2014

Fairly big brambly nose. Quite fruity introduction to the palate—dark berries, a bit of peach and, definitely, fig. However, I would not characterize this one as “jammy.” Noticeable heat—mid- to rear palate--indicates to me that it has peaked—i.e., disintegration that I have noticed in stored wines is starting and, so, the alcohol is noticeable. Today, this is a very good wine. I’m sure that a year ago it was better. I suspect that a year from now, not quite so good.


Snooth User: 97mjr
339902,159
0.00 5
03/04/2009

Didnt like this wine at all



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The 2003 Dickerson Zinfandel is an exciting, lively wine redolent of all the intense fruit character this Napa Valley location is capable of. It is bursting with the essence of black raspberry, orange peel, violets, licorice and eucalyptus. The wine is dense, sweet and lush in the mouth, with strong flavors of ripe berries, chocolate, coffee and spicy oak. Finishes with full, ripe tannins and hints of mint. This dynamic 2003 Dickerson Vineyard Zinfandel is a special commemorative bottling for Bill and Jane Dickerson who lost their lives in the tsunami that struck Thailand in December 2004. – Joel Peterson

910 cases produced.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.9%

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