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Ravenswood Zinfandel Sonoma 2006

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Austere with herbal notes that work into core of berry flavors followed by dry earthy tannins which appear on the finish.

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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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Member Reviews for Ravenswood Zinfandel Sonoma

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Snooth User: MrRiesling
2015421,341
1.50 5
10/11/2009

Very boring wine. Was not able to pick up any particular flavors ...


Snooth User: ttutony
407981,093
3.00 5
02/10/2009

Fruit forward with red berry and plum. Some oaky notes in the mix as well. Firm tannins. This wine was a bit hot with the alcohol at times. Not bad at all but could stand to gain a little complexity in my opinion.


Snooth User: gr
63391,072
2.50 5
12/19/2008

Fruits and raisins in the nose and early mouth, opens up a bit later, but never very complex.


Snooth User: dkmrd5
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4.00 5
06/13/2009

Raisin and fig aroma with a taste of wonderfully smooth oak on the tongue. Dry but not mouth-drying. Has a fairly short finish. Had no trouble finishing this bottle!!


Snooth User: Val13
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2.50 5
03/25/2009

Prunes/dried fruit were the main flavors/bouquet. Medium acidity and light-medium body. Just ok.


Snooth User: lamarr
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3.00 5
04/21/2009

Ravenswood 2006 Old Vine Zinfandel – Napa Valley – Lamarr: Nose: No where near as oaky as the Plungerhead, fruity nose (can’t tell if it’s blackberry or plum), Hector, being the smart-ass he is suggests “Bug-killer…insecticide!”, On the palate: Very jammy, like biting into a ripe fruit, full-bodied, Finish: strong, medium lasting, high tannins, Hector: Not as good as Plungerhead (Lamarr: I just think it’s different (kind of like working in the public school system where you can’t say anyone is stupid, just different), Marcus Aurelius: bite as you swallow it, Hector: the Raven to Wood ratio is slightly off. Lamarr: high B (definitely close to a B+, I’m thinking an 86.6, may get again in a rush/on a budget/for Wade, Note: may knock the Petite from last night down to an 85). Hector: B, could have been better (K-Mart: too dry!) Marcus Aurelius: I’d give it a B, little too strong in the nose, too hot


Snooth User: Me Want Wine
18295971
3.00 5
05/21/2009

One of our house wines. We buy the one uder $10. Works really well with pancetta and artichoke pasta, or pizza.


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External Reviews for Ravenswood Zinfandel Sonoma

External Review
03/16/2010

Ravenswood Zinfandel 2006 Napa and all other wine from Ravenswood are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


External Review
03/27/2010

76% Zinfandel, 8% Petite Sirah, 8% Carignane, 8% Mixed BlacksRipe berry fruit in the nose follows concentrated flavors of blackberry and black cherry. A varietally focused Zinfandel with a touch of cinnamon and vanilla in the finish, this wine offers layers of flavor, a succulent center, balanced acids and structural tannins.


External Review
10/15/2009

Bright, flashy, ripe raspberry, blackberry and vanilla flavors are wrapped around a soft sweet fruit core highlighted by scents of cinnamon.


External Review
03/05/2009

This is Ravenswood's introductory Zinfandel. A full-bodied red with black berry fruit, cherries, and pepper aromas. If you like this Zin, try the rest of their wines: you'll immediately see the family resemblance.


External Review
03/16/2010

Ravenswood Zinfandel 2006 Teldeschi and all other wine from Ravenswood are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


External Review
01/17/2009

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar ReviewRated 90-92Deep ruby. Smoky dark berry and cherry preserves on the nose, along with spicecake, roasted meat and dried rose. Quite ripe on the palate, with fleshy dark fruit flavors, chewy texture and slow-building spiciness. Packs serious flavor punch, not to mention impressive finishing cling and thrust. This needs full-flavored food.


External Review
11/25/2009

Ravenswood Vintners Blend Zinfandel 2006 750ML


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