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Ravenswood Vintners Blend Shiraz 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

Ravenswood takes reds seriously, and the 2008 Vintners Blend Shiraz, with its robust yet approachable flavors, is no exception. Shiraz grapes, sourced from some of California’s most prized regions, were harvested, crushed, and fermented with 10–15 days of skin contact to develop character, color, and flavor. In this vintage, small lots of Petite Sirah, Mourvèdre, and Grenache were also added for further flavor complexity. The finished wine displays intriguing aromas of mulberry, cocoa, and loads of mouthwatering cassis and black fruit flavors. Like all of the Ravenswood Vintners Blend offerings, this wine is delightfully approachable and food friendly. Consider pairing it with steak, spiced lamb chops, or charcuterie.

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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: horsey31
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3.50 5
03/22/2011

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Ravenswood Vintners Blend Shiraz

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

Dark, dense and spicy, plus that nice Shiraz smokiness. Ravenswoodrsquo;s California Winemaker Joel Peterson took his quest for ldquo;no wimpy winerdquo; all the way to Australia for this outrageously delicious Shiraz. Give it a try today or, as the Aussies would say, ldquo;Give it a burl; itrsquo;s ace!rdquo;


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

Dark, dense, spicy with that nice Shiraz smokiness, this wine busts through all kinds of borders. Ravenswood Winemaker Joel Petersonrsquo;s journey for ldquo;No Wimpy Winerdquo; took him to Australia where he discovered this outrageously delicious Shiraz. Give it a try today, or as the Aussies would say ldquo;Give it a burl. Itrsquo;s ace!rdquo;


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

On the moderate side, with blueberry up front and a touch of chalk as the finish persists. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Soft and appealing for its bay-leaf scented blackberry and gently smoky character. Drink now.



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Ravenswood takes reds seriously, and the 2008 Vintners Blend Shiraz, with its robust yet approachable flavors, is no exception. Shiraz grapes, sourced from some of California’s most prized regions, were harvested, crushed, and fermented with 10–15 days of skin contact to develop character, color, and flavor. In this vintage, small lots of Petite Sirah, Mourvèdre, and Grenache were also added for further flavor complexity. The finished wine displays intriguing aromas of mulberry, cocoa, and loads of mouthwatering cassis and black fruit flavors. Like all of the Ravenswood Vintners Blend offerings, this wine is delightfully approachable and food friendly. Consider pairing it with steak, spiced lamb chops, or charcuterie.

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