Ravenswood Zinfandel Sonoma 2009

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Bright ruby. Fresh red and dark berry aromas, with notes of licorice and spicy herbs gaining power with air. Bright and graceful, with sexy candied cherry and black raspberry flavors and silky tannins. A tangy mineral note arrives on the back half and carries through the long, sappy finish. Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

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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 Sonoma

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,935
4.00 5
03/20/2013

Black and briary on the nose with a little blue plum fruit followed by complex notes of hickory smoke and tree bark, with floral top notes and a hint of a beefy edge. Nice and snappy in the mouth with a lighter-styled mouthfeel showing decent acidity. This has lovely fruit, blue plum, wild cherry, and boysenberry that are fragrant in the mouth and supported by plenty of soft tannins that add a little edge of austerity that carries through on the modest finish. This would really be great if it showed more follow through, but it is eminently drinkable and shows lovely perfumes. 90 points


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Snooth User: Brandon Woo
102096234
4.00 5
02/07/2012

Fruity, full bodied. Slight sourness and acidity. Smooth. Good value.


External Reviews for Ravenswood Zinfandel Sonoma

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/01/2012

Glass-staining purple. Powerful aromas of blackberry compote, smoky herbs, potpourri and olive, with a lively mineral undertone; smells like syrah. Then lush and creamy in texture, offering broad dark berry, cherry-cola, violet pastille and smoky m... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Zinfandel wine from California in USA. 2009 Ravenswood Zinfandel Teldeschi Vineyard 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
08/31/2012

A Zinfandel wine from California in USA. 2009 Ravenswood Zinfandel Teldeschi Vineyard 750ml



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Bright ruby. Fresh red and dark berry aromas, with notes of licorice and spicy herbs gaining power with air. Bright and graceful, with sexy candied cherry and black raspberry flavors and silky tannins. A tangy mineral note arrives on the back half and carries through the long, sappy finish. Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

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