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Ravenswood Zinfandel Barricia Sonoma Valley 2010

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Very spicy on the nose, with fine red currant and almost rhubarb fruit that’s topped with a strong Swedish Fish candy aroma. Entering the mouth smooth, polished and powerful, this is decidedly structured, with big tannins and acids embedded in the rich, chewy fruit. Licorice and candied Swedish Fish accent the plummy, earthy and perfumed bramble fruit in the mouth. This finishes with some dry tannin, and plenty of blue and black fruit with modest spice notes, in a structured style that demands a bit more time in the bottle. Revisit this in a year or three. 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 Zinfandel Barricia Sonoma Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,101
4.50 5
03/18/2013

Very spicy on the nose, with fine red currant and almost rhubarb fruit that’s topped with a strong Swedish Fish candy aroma. Entering the mouth smooth, polished and powerful, this is decidedly structured, with big tannins and acids embedded in the rich, chewy fruit. Licorice and candied Swedish Fish accent the plummy, earthy and perfumed bramble fruit in the mouth. This finishes with some dry tannin, and plenty of blue and black fruit with modest spice notes, in a structured style that demands a bit more time in the bottle. Revisit this in a year or three. 92 points


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Snooth User: Al Faison
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4.50 5
04/23/2013

Four and a half glasses




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