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Ravenswood Zinfandel Old Vine Napa 2014

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

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

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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 Old Vine Napa

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
3.50 5
Vintage: 2012 09/15/2014

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


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Snooth User: sipsamplestroll
475957142
4.50 5
Vintage: 2013 06/06/2018

This typical zinfandel, from the warm Lodi region, lives up to Ravenswood's 'No Wimpy Wines' motto. In this wine, there's plenty of raspberry, blackberry, blueberry and plum aromas, as well as green/white peppers, herb/leafy and spicy notes. It's a chewy, full-bodied red with balanced acidity. The wine presents plenty of jammy notes; dark berry/fruit (cherry, plum, blackberry and raisin) as well as cocoa and white pepper. The light oak and astringent tannins create the modest vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finish. A pleasure to drink by itself or with flavorful meat dishes or a cheese platter.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.40 5
Vintage: 2012 09/15/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: BRUNOHOEPERS
1157885634
0.00 5
Vintage: 2011 10/09/2013

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 ~


Snooth User: Ron Zasadzinski
16374814
1.50 5
Vintage: 2011 04/11/2009

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.


Snooth User: CJLew
1033955183
2.00 5
Vintage: 2009 03/20/2012

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.


Snooth User: rufus1841
541967145
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 05/20/2012

Elder berry on the nose and pallet. Not much else to speak of. But a decent little wine.


Snooth User: sramji
106417735
2.50 5
Vintage: 2009 11/16/2012

A reasonable, tannic wine without the strong fruit that comes with a high end Zinfandel. Drinkable and good value, but somewhat dull.


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External Reviews for Ravenswood Zinfandel Old Vine Napa

External Review
Vintage: 2009 07/11/2011

The Vintners Blend has a rich, somewhat soft, moderately complex, spicy, ripe, raspberry aroma. The flavors are those of black cherries, mint and vanilla with a sturdy, slightly astringent finish. The freshness and youth they strive for in the Vintners Blend allow it to be released with slightly less barrel and bottle age.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 07/11/2011

Strong, earthy Zin, with basic flavors of wild berries, tobacco and dried herbs. Dry and pretty tannic. Not much subtlety, and certainly not a wimpy wine.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/03/2012

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 07/11/2011

Medium red. Aromas of black raspberry, mocha, smoke and bitter chocolate. Sweet, simple berry and chocolate flavors nicely firmed by ripe acidity.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 07/11/2011

Readers looking for a $10 Zinfandel that admirably displays that varietal's berry character along with tangy spice should check out Ravenswood's 1999 Zinfandel Vintner's Blend. It is a medium-weight, correctly made effort that is best consumed over the next 12-18 months.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/03/2012

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 07/11/2011

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.


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