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Ravenswood Winery Zinfandel Old Hill Sonoma Valley 2013

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

A bit oaky but at the same time quite complex on the nose, with a marine quality here adding freshness to the blueberry and raspberry fruit, all topped with deep and complex oily nuttiness. On entry this is cool and compressed, showing fine structure, taut with lovely grape skin and wild plum fruit full of spicy inner mouth perfumes, and streaked with nice dark coffee and mineral accents on the long, slightly tough peppery finish. A powerful wine that's a little tough today but should blossom with just a bit more time in the cellar. 92 points

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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

Editorial Reviews for Ravenswood Winery Zinfandel Old Hill Sonoma Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 03/18/2013

A bit oaky but at the same time quite complex on the nose, with a marine quality here adding freshness to the blueberry and raspberry fruit, all topped with deep and complex oily nuttiness. On entry this is cool and compressed, showing fine structure, taut with lovely grape skin and wild plum fruit full of spicy inner mouth perfumes, and streaked with nice dark coffee and mineral accents on the long, slightly tough peppery finish. A powerful wine that's a little tough today but should blossom with just a bit more time in the cellar. 92 points


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 10/05/2009

2007 Old Hill Sonoma Valley Zinfandel – Planted around 1880 to a typical, albeit Zinfandel heavy, field blend. 34% new wood. Superb complexity on the nose with layers of leather, herbs, smoke, spice, earth, flowers, red berries, red plums, Christmas candies and wet animal fur. This is very fleshy in the mouth with lovely red fruits, soft caressing tannins, and integrated acids. The flavors in the mouth mimic the aromatics giving the vanilla and spice tinged red fruits a feathery, layered quality to the silky bright feel. A great bottle in the making. 94pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
5.00 5
Vintage: 2004 10/05/2009

Lovely on the nose with it's array of earthy tones and purple berry fruits. Classic Old Hill in a great vintage. This has all the depth of fruit one could ask for. It's got superb, abundant yet ripe, sweet tannins backing everything up. Just about as good as Zinfandel gets. The depth here is married to phenomenal freshness and focus. 95pts


Member Reviews for Ravenswood Winery Zinfandel Old Hill Sonoma Valley

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4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 09/24/2009

Clean bright red fruit nose makes way for a juicy red fruit bomb of a wine with delicious spice, toffee, dark chocolate and baking spices. Chewy, tannic finish.


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 09/24/2009

scrumptious, mouthfilling, dark ruby red wine. aromas of blackberries, purple plums with a little spice and cedar oak on the finish


Snooth User: Philip James
112,574
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 09/24/2009

Light nose of pine needles. Very thick, intense deep wine of mocha, caramel, cinammon and bruised dark fruit: plums, raisins and dates. Nice drying cedar finish, with an underlying vanilla flavor.


Snooth User: solomania9
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 09/24/2009

Sweet cinnamon on the nose. Cherry syrup and baking spice. Nice long elegant finish. Sign me up!


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2007 02/03/2011

- Tasted at Wine Spectator New World Wine Experience 2010


Snooth User: r sprezzatura
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 03/13/2010

The color is deep ruby. The aroma is of earth, berry, and spice. The initial taste is dominated by plum with a layer of red berry followed by spice and vanilla. There is a moderate amount of tannins. I recently purchased this bottle at a local wine shop for $10.99; normally it's priced at $13.99. A solid wine for the price.


Snooth User: nphillips
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 01/21/2010

i enjoyed this wine, and is worth a go


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External Reviews for Ravenswood Winery Zinfandel Old Hill Sonoma Valley

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Vintage: 2012 08/09/2015

Powerful and deeply structured, with distinctive aromas of smoked pepper, black raspberry and fruitcake spices. The flavors balance ripe tannins and lively acidity, offering notes of blackberry, dark chocolate, licorice and mineral. Best from 2016 through 2024. 1,596 cases made.


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Vintage: 2012 08/09/2015

From a famed old site planted to 75% Zinfandel and 25% mixed black-skinned varieties, this wine conveys a minty-eucalyptus quality that tunes the acidity high against a medium-weight body. Austere at first on the palate, it expands as it goes, offering robust, dry tannins and layers of cardamom and coffee with time and air.


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Vintage: 2010 04/10/2014

Loaded with personality, this is dense and brooding, offering briary wild berry and tar aromas, with concentrated flavors of black raspberry, cracked pepper and smoky herb. Finishes on a dry, tannic note. Best from 2015 through 2021.


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Vintage: 2010 04/10/2014

Bright purple. A wild, highly perfumed bouquet displays scents of candied dark fruits, sandalwood incense, violet and star anise, with smoke and floral overtones. Sappy, palate-staining cherry compote and cassis flavors show a suave blend of richness and verve, picking up cracked pepper and violet pastille nuances with air. Sneaky, mounting tannins give shape and grip to the strikingly long, sweet finish, with its echoing floral note.


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Vintage: 2010 04/10/2014

The trick to a successful Zinfandel is to capture the grape’s briary, brambly rusticity and lend it elegance and balance. This wine succeeds at that task. It’s kind of a field blend with 25% of the wine made from what the winemaker calls “mixed blacks.” Whatever the varieties are, the wine is smooth, rich and delicious, showing complex wild berry, mocha, licorice, baking spice and sandalwood flavors. Should easily hold its own over the next 10 years.


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Vintage: 2010 07/19/2013

Tasting Notes - Dark and spicy, this wine Red currant, raspberry, coffee, tobacco, black pepper, and an underlying minerality. You ll notice an array of scents and flavors in this wine; most notably mulberry and blackberry, followed by a strikingly pure, focused finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 07/19/2013

No wimpy wines, that is the credo of Ravenswood. Single Vineyard, Vintner's Blend and the county series, they are all unadulterated, unapologetic, unfussy and unwimpy.


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