Ravenswood 'Lodi' Zinfandel 2011

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This Ravenswood Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel is a deep ruby color. Jammy raspberry fruit with notes of fresh rose and baking spices adding complexity. Dark berry flavors give rich depth but are also enlivened by juicy acidity. Impressively fresh, focused Zinfandel with excellent finishing lift and thrust, leaving behind smoky minerals.

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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: jtryka
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3.50 5
06/29/2014

The wine is a deep ruby color in the glass with very nice clarity. The nose is classic Lodi Zin, rich ripe black fruit, blackberries, black cherry, blueberries and plum over a smoky layer of leather and cedar intertwined with some green grass and herbs. The taste is just a pleasure from the first sip, with rich jammy fruit bursting forward that transitions effortlessly to some black pepper and Asian spice notes midpalate. The finish is warm, smooth and very dry with well structured tannins that give this wine a backbone that's ideal for summer barbecue fare. See my full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2014/06/2011-ravenswood-lodi-old-vine-zinfandel.html


Snooth User: ceekaynj
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3.00 5
06/10/2013

Three glasses


External Reviews for Ravenswood 'Lodi' Zinfandel

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Source: The Wine Buyer
12/28/2013

You'll get taken over by aromas and flavors of black cherries, currant, clove and cocoa, with soft, full tannins and balanced acidity for an achingly long and oh-so-pleasant finish.



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This Ravenswood Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel is a deep ruby color. Jammy raspberry fruit with notes of fresh rose and baking spices adding complexity. Dark berry flavors give rich depth but are also enlivened by juicy acidity. Impressively fresh, focused Zinfandel with excellent finishing lift and thrust, leaving behind smoky minerals.

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