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A touch balsamic on the nose with warm, powder sugar covered black berry and raspberry aromas and just a hint of wood smoke adding detail. A bit th... Read more
Be prepared for the full- on rush of flavors and aromas that only old vine Zinfandel from Napa Valley can deliver. This bold wine takes no prisoner... Read more
This rating is on the 2006 vintage of Old Vine Napa. Just ok. I enjoy the 2005 Zinfandel old vine Lodi from Ravenswood: quality to price ratio is v... Read more
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Editorial Reviews for Ravenswood Zinfandel Napa
A touch balsamic on the nose with warm, powder sugar covered black berry and raspberry aromas and just a hint of wood smoke adding detail. A bit thick and chewy on entry, this shows lovely depth on the palate with a bit of black spice and hints of briar wood layered over brambly fruit. A bit on the tannic side, but certainly remaining in harmony, this is clear ands fresh on the palate with some of that tannic weight adding a little austerity to the moderately long fruit and savory earth toned finish. Serious and well balanced and worth checking in on in a year as well. 88pts
Be prepared for the full- on rush of flavors and aromas that only old vine Zinfandel from Napa Valley can deliver. This bold wine takes no prisoners with its full- bodied aromas and flavors of bright blackberry and black cherry help up by luscious notes of cocoa and baking spices. The wine finishes off with jammy fruit, dark chocolate and lively acidity. In keeping with the weather this vintage, expect a very ripe Zin with an almost earthy quality. ~ The Winery ~
This rating is on the 2006 vintage of Old Vine Napa. Just ok. I enjoy the 2005 Zinfandel old vine Lodi from Ravenswood: quality to price ratio is very high. I haven't enjoyed any of the other Ravenswood Zinfandels much at all.
Well, this wine had a lot of the "zips" and "zings" that I think a zinfandel should have, but strangely enough, they seemed to be in all the wrong places, and seemed to crash into each other, rather than flow with one another. so it just came out all wrong for me. That seems odd beings that it is a blend, and could be crafted in order for the different components to work together better Maybe since this is Ravenswood entry level wine with several higher options, they're just displaying a little bit of that zinfandel magic, but in way that will not fully satisfy (I wasn't satisfied, anyway), in order to prod people on to other levels.
Elder berry on the nose and pallet. Not much else to speak of. But a decent little wine.
A reasonable, tannic wine without the strong fruit that comes with a high end Zinfandel. Drinkable and good value, but somewhat dull.
Full bodied Fruity Smooth, subdued sourness/acidity Good everyday wine
High alc% dark fruit flavors immediatly flow from the bottle full bodied with soft tannins
External Reviews for Ravenswood Zinfandel Napa
Here yoursquo;ll find an almost voluptuous, concentrated yet satiny-smooth expression of intense raspberry fruit. It opens into a focused, lingering wine that captured not only the essence of the grape but also the style of the vintage. All of Joel Petersonrsquo;s wines are a pleasure to taste, this one is widely available.
The 1997 Zinfandel Napa (14.3% alcohol) takes first prize. Its saturated ruby/purple color is followed by a big, peppery, spicy nose with underlying minerals and black fruits. There is very good density in this appealing value. Drink it over the next 2ndash;3 years.
Each year winemaker Joel Peterson combs the countryside to seek wineries with small lots of well-made Zinfandel, which are blended with some of Ravenswoodrsquo;s Zinfandel to produce a well-structured wine with charming, youthful fruit. The wine has spicy, ripe raspberry aromas and flavors of black cherry, mint and vanilla. It finishes crisp and clean.
Every year, Ravenswood winemaker Joel Peterson finds small lots of well-made Zinfandel, which he combines with some of his own juice to produce Vintner's Blend. The wine has spice, ripe raspberry aroma and flavors of black cherry, mint and vanilla and finishes crisp and clean. Enjoy its spicy, bright fruit with chili or grilled hamburgers.
Readers looking for a $10 Zinfandel that admirably displays that varietalrsquo;s berry character along with tangy spice should check out Ravenswoodrsquo;s 1999 Zinfandel Vintnerrsquo;s Blend. It is a medium-weight, correctly made effort that is best consumed over the next 12ndash;18 months.
VITAL STATS• Robust, mouthwatering, spicy• What a true Zin is meant to be• Ripe raspberry, cherry, boysenberry WHAT YOU'RE IN FORBig, bold, and brazen enough to call any Zin's bluff, our 2009 vintage is the real deal-with seductive aromas of black cherry, raspberry, blueberry, and a splinter of oak. Its fruit flavors, flexible tannins, and a lingering finish are all the proof you need. FOOD MATCHUPSA big ol' bowl of red-sauce pasta or a mega plate of barbecued pork ribsJUST THE FACTSWhere It's From: CaliforniaAging: 14 months in French Oak, 25% newSkin Contact: 8-10 days skin contact during native fermentationTotal Acidity: 6.1 g/LpH: 3.67Alcohol: 13.5%
Each year winemaker Joel Peterson combs the countryside to seek wineries with small lots of well-made Zinfandel, which are blended with some of Ravenswood's Zinfandel to produce a well-structured wine with charming, youthful fruit. The wine has spicy, ripe raspberry aromas and flavors of black cherry, mint and vanilla. It finishes crisp and clean.
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