Ravenswood Sonoma Zinfandel 2011

Winemaker's Notes:

Not a poser Zin, but a real one. Big, bold, unapologetic. This 2011 rendition leads the charge with tantalizing aromas of black cherry, raspberries, and blueberries along with hints of oak. It then gets really serious with a cascade of fruit flavors, oh-so-flexible tannins, and a long, fruit-forward finish you’re not going to forget very easily. Food Matchups: A mega plate of red-sauce pasta or barbecued pork ribs.

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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

Member Reviews for Ravenswood Sonoma Zinfandel

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Snooth User: JustSayin
1119394129
2.50 5
08/11/2012

On the lower side for Ravenwood...a nice example of what Zinfadel's should be like...albeit in the $6 range. I will seek it out and keep it around for a 'House Zinfadel'...


Snooth User: WalkOnWine
137951572
3.00 5
11/25/2013

I like this Zin for the price, very fruity and nice spice and actually think the 2012 is a little better!


Snooth User: laughingbuddha
114922438
2.00 5
02/17/2013

On the sour side initially, but improved after being allowed to breathe, an OK wine.


Snooth User: smillaganik
138009516
2.00 5
10/08/2013

Терпкое


Snooth User: b51kasey
10091473
0.00 5
12/31/2011

Good wine at this price point. Let it sit for 30 minutes before tasting. Peppery aroma with a hint of berry.


External Reviews for Ravenswood Sonoma Zinfandel

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
09/03/2013

Not a poser Zin, but a real one. Big, bold, unapologetic. This 2011 rendition leads the charge with tantalizing aromas of black cherry, raspberries, and blueberries along with hints of oak. It then gets really serious with a cascade of fruit flavors, oh-so-flexible tannins, and a long, fruit-forward finish you're not going to forget very easily. - WineryAging: 10 months in 100% French Oak, 35% newTotal Acidity: 6.6g/LpH: 3.50Alcohol: 13.5%


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
12/17/2014

Not a poser Zin, but a real one. Big, bold, unapologetic. This 2011 rendition leads the charge with tantalizing aromas of black cherry, raspberries, and blueberries along with hints of oak. It then gets really serious with a cascade of fruit flavors, oh-so-flexible tannins, and a long, fruit-forward finish you're not going to forget very easily. - Winery Aging: 10 months in 100% French Oak, 35% new Total Acidity: 6.6g/L pH: 3.50 Alcohol: 13.5%



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Not a poser Zin, but a real one. Big, bold, unapologetic. This 2011 rendition leads the charge with tantalizing aromas of black cherry, raspberries, and blueberries along with hints of oak. It then gets really serious with a cascade of fruit flavors, oh-so-flexible tannins, and a long, fruit-forward finish you’re not going to forget very easily. Food Matchups: A mega plate of red-sauce pasta or barbecued pork ribs.

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