Ravenswood Syrah 2005

External Review by WineChateau.com:

The 2005, our fourth vintage, is dark and spicy with a nice Shiraz smokiness and hints of vanilla, black currant, eucalyptus, and chocolate that last through the long, ripe finish. This wine is round and complete with just enough tannin to successfully pair with a good, hearty meal. This is a wine I am going to enjoy drinking and sharing with friends down under and up top. - Joel Peterson

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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: JenMay07
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 04/21/2010

Four glasses


Snooth User: mattgmann
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 01/28/2010

Fairly dry syrah. Well balanced and not overly fruity. A little warm on the nose, and hot on the finish. A solid buy for $10

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Snooth User: drdebs
6497900
3.50 5
12/19/2008

Shy floral and cherry aromas, with flavors that overlay blackberry with white flowers. Strange in a syrah, this combination would work well with aromatic food like lamb curry. Reminded me of a syrah-viognier blend.


5.00 5
06/09/2013

Krydder, solbær, lettdrikkelig


Snooth User: mwayne82
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5.00 5
12/10/2010

Five glasses


External Reviews for Ravenswood Syrah

External Review
Source: WineChateau.com
03/27/2010

The 2005, our fourth vintage, is dark and spicy with a nice Shiraz smokiness and hints of vanilla, black currant, eucalyptus, and chocolate that last through the long, ripe finish. This wine is round and complete with just enough tannin to successfully pair with a good, hearty meal. This is a wine I am going to enjoy drinking and sharing with friends down under and up top. - Joel Peterson


External Review
Source: Sonoma Harvest Fair
11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Bronze Medal



Tasting Notes:

87% Syrah, 5% Grenache, 5% Carignane, 3% Viognier A lovely shade of purple with a reddish hue is the inviting introduction to the complex, smoky, jammy, red current, and boysenberry scents, which are classic for the Syrah grape variety. The flavors are brightened and enhanced by small additions of Mourvèdre and Grenache, which add a fresh, bright quality with hints of white pepper, anise, and cloves. The Viognier is a white grape co-fermented with the Syrah and adds an ethereal, slightly floral perfume to the already complex bouquet. Traces of spicy French oak linger in the finish of this Rhône-style wine.

Aged 24 months in French Oak.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.8% pH: 3.7

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