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Ravenswood Sonoma Zinfandel 1999

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Best nine dollar bottle of wine on the market

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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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11/25/2008

Best nine dollar bottle of wine on the market


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/08/2010

Bright, purple aromas of blackberry, black cherry, violet, licorice and bitter chocolate. Then almost shockingly dense, fleshy and sweet, and still quite primary, with perfectly integrated acidity. Has the sheer fullness to partly hide its huge struc... Stephen Tanzer. A Zinfandel wine from California in USA. 1999 Ravenswood Zinfandel Teldeschi Vineyard 750ml


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Source: WineGlobe.com
01/29/2009

The opaque purple-colored 1999 Zinfandel Teldeschi Vineyard exhibits complex aromatics consisting of incense, crushed black pepper, and black cherry/berry fruit. Dense, full-bodied, opulently-textured, and powerful, with tannin and acidity for



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