Ravenswood Merlot North Coast Vintners Blend 2008

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Celebrated as one of California's great Zinfandel producers, Ravenswood makes an easy-drinking, reliable and well-made Merlot for everyday drinking.

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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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05/15/2011

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External Reviews for Ravenswood Merlot North Coast Vintners Blend

External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
11/06/2010

Soft and smooth with ripe berry flavors, the goal of Ravenswood Vintners Blend, is accessibility both in character and price. Since 1983, Ravenswood's Joel Peterson has been renowned not only as one of California's best winemakers but also as one of its most talented blenders, piecing together superb value-driven wines like this supple California Merlot.


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
09/12/2012

Full of smooth tannins, this Merlot shines with bright fruit flavors of black plum and cherry along with olive and spice.


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

You get a big bang for your buck here. Itrsquo;s a terrifically fruity wine, packed with black cherry and blackberry flavors that are long and presistent through the finish. Soft in tannins, and so ripely sweet you could pour it over vanilla ice cream, but itrsquo;s a dry wine.


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

The Vintnerrsquo;s Blend has a rich, somewhat soft, moderately complex, spicy, ripe, raspberry aroma. The flavors are those of black cherries, mint and vanilla with a sturdy, slightly astringent finish.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

A nice balance of oak and fruit, where ripe plum and cherry flavors are complex and elegant on the palate, all in perfect harmony.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Clean and balanced, with jammy flavors of plums, earth and blackberry, it has well-etched tannins, a rich mouthfeel, and a spicy finish.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

This is a nice, dry, smooth red wine. It has pleasant flavors of berries and cocoa, and is very soft in tannins.


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Celebrated as one of California's great Zinfandel producers, Ravenswood makes an easy-drinking, reliable and well-made Merlot for everyday drinking.

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