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Ravenswood Dickerson Zinfandel Napa Valley 2003

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Chocolate, red cherries in alcohol and a nice lightly toasted oak top note greet the nose, all bathed in a subtle mint-framing note. This shows only medium-plus body on the palate, with a nice bit of tannin making this rather firm and supporting its core of black earth, spice and black plum skin. This is spicy and quite well balanced, popping on the back end with more tart red fruit. A firm and focused and rather severe example of Zin. 91 points

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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

Editorial Reviews for Ravenswood Dickerson Zinfandel Napa Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,409
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 03/20/2013

Chocolate, red cherries in alcohol and a nice lightly toasted oak top note greet the nose, all bathed in a subtle mint-framing note. This shows only medium-plus body on the palate, with a nice bit of tannin making this rather firm and supporting its core of black earth, spice and black plum skin. This is spicy and quite well balanced, popping on the back end with more tart red fruit. A firm and focused and rather severe example of Zin. 91 points


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,409
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 10/05/2009

Zinfandel planted in 1930 to 1985. Typically one of the higher acid wines in the portfolio. There is a eucalyptus tree in the vineyard that can contribute mintiness to the wine. 30% new wood. Perfumed on the nose with jammy blueberry tones, a touch of aromatic wood and hints of mint and crushed rocks. In the mouth this has a cool feel backed by rich, very pure fruit. The tannins give this a silky feel that is well balanced to the blueberry tinged, creamy raspberry fruit. Very nice length with hints of herb and mint on the finale. 92pts


Member Reviews for Ravenswood Dickerson Zinfandel Napa Valley

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Snooth User: Al Faison
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2009 09/23/2013

A very bold, but totally balanced Zinfandel from "the other side of the mountain" in Napa Valley. I'm so accustomed to the great Ravenswood Zins from Sonoma Valley, that I didn't know what to expect, but a great wine maker just knows how to make a great wine! Great flavor with a long, pleasant floral finish.


Snooth User: jtryka
3127992,304
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 09/16/2012

This wine has a lovely ruby color in the glass, lighter around the edges and deeper toward the center. The nose is a lovely combination of leather, limestone, oak and just a hint of ripe berries. The taste is very fruit forward and characteristically jammy, but not is a super sweet grape jam sort of way. It has lovely fruit that doesn't make you think you just drank kool-aid, instead this wine seems to be showing a lot of respect to the ripe fruit. The fruit gives way to some wonderful minerality and spice midpalate, with hints of gravel and baking spice. In the end, the delicate tannins provide for a long, smooth, supple finish that makes you want to take your time with this wine. See my full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2012/09/2007-ravenswood-dickerson-napa-valley.html


Snooth User: EMark
8478047,333
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


Snooth User: 97mjr
339902,159
4.00 5
Vintage: 2002 03/04/2009

[Stromboli] This was as good a Zin as I have had in months; great depth and balance. Ruby-red. Aromas of blackberry, licorice and a touch of smoke. Concentrated. On the palate, blackberry, chocolate, and raspberry. I have mixed feelings about Ravenswood; but this and the Teldeschi are great offerings. I would definitely buy more. Interestingly, WS gave it an 81; its fun to see how off the mark the ratings can be. Others may not enjoy it as much as I did, but its a nice wine nevertheless.


External Reviews for Ravenswood Dickerson Zinfandel Napa Valley

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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 01/28/2014

Shows great structure and backbone, featuring aromas of black cherry, cinnamon and orange zest, with dense, rich raspberry, cedar and herb flavors. The tannins are big, minerally and ripe. Best from 2015 through 2021.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 01/28/2014

Inky purple. Powerful, floral- and herb-accented aromas of candied red fruits and cola, with a peppery overtone and a hint of licorice. Intensely fruity and expansive, offering sappy black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors lifted by juicy acidity. Smooth and well-knit tannins give gentle grip to the impressively long finish, with its repeating note of cola.


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Vintage: 2009 11/14/2013

This is a strong Zinfandel. It takes over the mouth with a blast of ripe blackberry cherry anise chocolate and spice. What it lacks in subtlety it more than makes up for in sheer power. Wine Enthusiast.


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Vintage: 2009 01/24/2013

This is a strong Zinfandel. It takes over the mouth with a blast of ripe blackberry, cherry, anise, chocolate and spice. What it lacks in subtlety it more than makes up for in sheer power. Wine Enthusiast. A Zinfandel wine from California in USA. 2009 Ravenswood Zinfandel Dickerson Vineyard 750ml


External Review
Vintage: 2009 09/09/2012

Opaque ruby. Highly perfumed bouquet evokes black raspberry and cherry, with complicating nuances of dried rose and Asian spices. Sweet, focused red fruit preserve flavors are given strong spine by zesty minerality, picking up an exotic floral past... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Zinfandel wine from California in USA. 2009 Ravenswood Zinfandel Dickerson Vineyard 750ml



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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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