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Ravenswood Zinfandel Alexander Valley Big River 2004

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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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External Reviews for Ravenswood Zinfandel Alexander Valley Big River

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

The 2004 vintage of Big River Zinfandel expresses the most pure characteristics of old vine Zinfandel with a combination of concentration, complexity, and a richness that is unsurpassable. This super ripe wine sings with the flavors of blackberries, cherries, plums, vanilla and fennel. In the mouth the Zinfandel is filling, fat and meaty with great richness. It's soft, round, plumy flavors are the essence of old vines expressing their 'old vineness.'



Tasting Notes:

The 2004 vintage of Big River Zinfandel expresses the most pure characteristics of old vines with a combination of concentration, complexity, and a richness that is unsurpassable. This super ripe wine sings with the flavors of blackberries, cherries, plums, vanilla and fennel. In the mouth the Zinfandel is filling, fat and meaty with great richness. Its soft, round, chocolaty flavors are the essence of old vines expressing their "old vineness.” – Joel Peterson

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