Ravenswood Icon 2009

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

2007 Icon Sonoma County- A modern field blend of cofermented Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane, Alicante, and mixed Blacks. 40% new wood. Big and leafy at first on the nose then turning dark and spicy with notes of carob, sweet dates, red plum pudding, cigarette ash, a touch of wood spice, flowers, boysenberries and just a touch of oystershell. Big yet silky in the mouth with a rush of dark fruits and big tannins over the mid-palate that leads to a spicy finish with notes of pumpkin pie spices, caramel and buttery cookie tones. This is a bit short on the finish and lacks the level of integration found on the Single Vineyards Zins at this point and should improve over the short term. 89pts

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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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Editorial Reviews for Ravenswood Icon

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,894
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 10/05/2009

2007 Icon Sonoma County- A modern field blend of cofermented Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane, Alicante, and mixed Blacks. 40% new wood. Big and leafy at first on the nose then turning dark and spicy with notes of carob, sweet dates, red plum pudding, cigarette ash, a touch of wood spice, flowers, boysenberries and just a touch of oystershell. Big yet silky in the mouth with a rush of dark fruits and big tannins over the mid-palate that leads to a spicy finish with notes of pumpkin pie spices, caramel and buttery cookie tones. This is a bit short on the finish and lacks the level of integration found on the Single Vineyards Zins at this point and should improve over the short term. 89pts


Member Reviews for Ravenswood Icon

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Snooth User: ffchick
361463479
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 05/02/2011

Heavy berry and spice on the nose, full-bodied and well-balanced. Delicious alone and with food.


Snooth User: ffchick
361463479
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 05/01/2011

Four glasses


Snooth User: GoinGray
737701,347
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 02/24/2009

smoky black cherry scent a bit sweet on the start, then dry dark chocolate and plum flavors


Snooth User: PennyWizz
15997035
3.00 5
Vintage: 2005 10/11/2010

An amazing Sonoma Syrah. Not as dry as the Australian, and also a bit more fruity that the Aussie Shiraz. It has changed the way I think about Shiraz/Syrah grown in the States. Highly reccommend it!


Snooth User: muddyrudder
7142482
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 12/10/2008

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: diablo58
75866298
3.50 5
Vintage: 2002 07/02/2008

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: 97mjr
339902,159
0.00 5
Vintage: 2001 03/04/2009

($20) aromas of leather; on the palate smoky, tannic, black cherry, tannic, good value


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