Ravenswood Merlot Vintners Blend 06 Us-California 2006

Member Review by drdebs:

Currant, plum, and graphite aromas with a hint of green pepper. Pepper and plum midpalate with a drying, spicy finish. Best with food.

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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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Member Reviews for Ravenswood Merlot Vintners Blend 06 Us-California

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Snooth User: drdebs
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3.50 5
03/10/2009

Currant, plum, and graphite aromas with a hint of green pepper. Pepper and plum midpalate with a drying, spicy finish. Best with food.


Snooth User: kbowser105
695746208
4.00 5
03/26/2011

I have gotten this wine as inexpensively as $8-$9 at Sam's Club. This is an amazing value for the price! It pairs very well with pasta! Always smooth and inviting.


Snooth User: GreatScott
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3.50 5
07/16/2008

This wine is a great crowd pleaser, and is an exceptionally balanced experience between smell, taste, tannins, and acidity. I would say this is a strong buy for the price. As everything is so well balanced, there is nothing in particular that stands out to make this wine exceptionally interesting, but it's got all the right components. Sight-wise, the wine is a nice dark cherry red, yet not so dark you can't see through the other end of the glass. Smell-wise, the wine does happen to have a bit of vanilla/oak masking a slight floral essence. In true Gary Vaynerchuk, the smell is also a bit leathery, or rather, has a bit of that latex glove smell. As mentioned earlier, the taste is very well balanced. Thankfully the vanilla-ness barely makes it through. There's just enough tannins and acid to keep the feeling interesting, but not so overpowering to make a wine-newbie turn away in disgust, and the aftertaste is nice and flowery. This wine is a very pleasant experience in general, and can easily be had with food or without. Strong buy!


Snooth User: kbowser105
695746208
3.00 5
03/26/2011

Three glasses


External Reviews for Ravenswood Merlot Vintners Blend 06 Us-California

External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
10/15/2009

Straightforward and fairly lean, with cranberry, cherry and herbal fruit. Drink now.


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
03/20/2009

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.




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