Ravenswood Zinfandel Alexander Valley Big River 2012

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

A bit oily, with notes of redwood, dark Brambly fruit and dark, roasted coffee-toned fruit on the nose. Soft and broad and slightly sweet on entry. This is a touch disjointed, with a noticeable streak of wood tannins obvious on the palate lending a dry, firm texture but leading to a bit of hollowness on the mid-palate. There’s plenty of red plummy fruit here, but this is a touch rustic, finishes with more wood tannin and spicy raspberry fruit. 86 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
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Editorial Reviews for Ravenswood Zinfandel Alexander Valley Big River

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,983
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 03/20/2013

A bit oily, with notes of redwood, dark Brambly fruit and dark, roasted coffee-toned fruit on the nose. Soft and broad and slightly sweet on entry. This is a touch disjointed, with a noticeable streak of wood tannins obvious on the palate lending a dry, firm texture but leading to a bit of hollowness on the mid-palate. There’s plenty of red plummy fruit here, but this is a touch rustic, finishes with more wood tannin and spicy raspberry fruit. 86 points


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,983
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 10/05/2009

Zinfandel planted in 1893 on a warm site in red soil that straddles Alexander valley and the Russian River Valley that is usually harvested early. 100% Zinfandel 30% new wood. Tarry and earthy on the nose with a dark, oily streak to the candied blackberry fruit. Bright and silky in the mouth with superb tannins that are wonderfully embedded in the spicy blackberry fruit that soaks the palate. These are some sneaky tannins that gain strength on the finish and drive the black raspberry fruit tones. 92pts


Member Reviews for Ravenswood Zinfandel Alexander Valley Big River

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4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 09/24/2009

Deep red fruit and baking spices, vanilla and chocolate, with a long slightly hot finish predominantly of tar and the darkest of chocolate.


Snooth User: solomania9
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2.50 5
Vintage: 2007 09/24/2009

Dark chocolate and spice on the nose. Surprisingly light in the mouth and a light syrupy quality. A little sour on the finish.


Snooth User: Mr Dolce
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 01/11/2011

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: scotchlife
12600752
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 02/22/2009

Really nice Zinfandel. The Old Vine gives off a perfectly round and balanced taste. The tannins are perfect. This is what i had read about with old vines, something that is mature and refined.

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  • Snooth User: deezer
    3231431
    4.00 5
    Vintage: 1999 10/08/2007

    Four glasses


    Snooth User: SpecialK
    2815013
    3.00 5
    Vintage: 1997 06/09/2007

    Three glasses


    External Reviews for Ravenswood Zinfandel Alexander Valley Big River

    External Review
    Vintage: 2009 07/19/2013

    After the difficult 2008 vintage, when the Adams family lost much of the crop from their very old (70 to 100+ years) Zin vines to early-season frost and late-season heat, the 2009 vintage was a welcome return to more reasonable (albeit still very low) yields.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2007 03/27/2010

    The 2007 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 wine has broad aromas of cassis, black olives, and minerals, yet is filled with jammy raspberry characteristics. The finish is sappy, pure, and seductively graceful. Its soft, round, plumy flavors are the essence of old vines expressing their 'old vineness.'


    External Review
    Vintage: 2004 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.'


    External Review
    Vintage: 1998 01/29/2009

    Winery Note: Big River, big bouquet. Wow, this wineÆs bouquet starts with a burst or berries with a touch of dill. On the palate, the wine is quite fruit forward and very tasty. There is a touch of cranberries in the flavor profile. The wine is



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