Ravenswood Zen of Zinfandel 2004

Member Review by GoinGray:

Blueberry, cherry, and spice scents. Smooth start, a bit of tobacco and mocha. Has a tangy, long finish.

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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 Zen of Zinfandel

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Snooth User: GoinGray
737701,347
4.00 5
09/16/2009

Blueberry, cherry, and spice scents. Smooth start, a bit of tobacco and mocha. Has a tangy, long finish.


Snooth User: DrJoes
3293362
3.50 5
11/01/2007

Pretty good...pretty good. I thought it was good. :)


Snooth User: rgilchrist
3966531
3.50 5
12/26/2007

Drinks like a better Zin blend than a straight Zin. Strong upfront and finishes with a balance. Has a nice "chewiness" to it that borders on a Cab, but without the harshness of the tannins. I Like this a little more than Ravenswood's sonoma and old vine zins.


Snooth User: rgilchrist
3966531
0.00 5
12/24/2007

Drinks like most $30-40 Zins. I liked this better than Ravenswood's traditional zinfandels. Almost chewy, this wine is well balanced and finishes like it starts-full and juicy without being sweet. This should drink better decanted for 15-30 minutes, and is fully drinkable now, but will only get better with age.


Snooth User: llyfrgell
3239411
3.50 5
10/08/2007

Easy to drink, a little spicy, not as complex a flavor as some zinfandels.


Snooth User: Sabi711
22191430
4.00 5
07/26/2009

Four glasses




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