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Ravenswood Zinfandel Sonoma County 1997

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

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.

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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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External Reviews for Ravenswood Zinfandel Sonoma County

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

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
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

Every year, Ravenswood winemaker Joel Peterson finds small lots of well-made Zinfandel, which he combines with some of his own juice to produce Vintnerrsquo;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.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

Saturated ruby color. Musky aromas of cassis, pepper and spicy oak; shows a slightly grapey quality. Dense but somewhat monolithic dark berry flavor supported by ripe acids. Finishes with strongly spicy, slightly tart berry flavor. Currently a big ro... Stephen Tanzer. A Zinfandel wine from California in USA. 1997 Ravenswood Zinfandel Kunde Vineyard 750ml



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