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The Wine Specialist USD 11.99 750ml

Ravenswood Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine 2012

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"A zesty little Zin, with easygoing cherry, spice and toasted herb flavors." –TF, Wine Spectator

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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 Lodi Old Vine

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065231,038
3.50 5
09/15/2014

Effusively fruity on the nose with briar toned blackberry and plummy fruit along with streaks of vanilla, caramel, and a hint of coconut. This is wide open in the mouth yet not opulent with a touch of chewiness to the rich, ripe briar and tar tinged cherry and blackberry fruit that shows remarkable clarity on the palate at this price point. A little spicy on the backend, then dropping off a bit on the finish which shows a hints of sandy soil tones that linger on the palate. This is a little on the fleshy side but well balanced and fresh with a rather long, acid driven red cherry finish. 88pts


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065231,038
4.40 5
09/15/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: RandyFisher
10733941,187
3.50 5
01/24/2015

A red fruited and balanced with soft tannins. Not your usual Lodi wine.



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"A zesty little Zin, with easygoing cherry, spice and toasted herb flavors." –TF, Wine Spectator

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