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Ravenswood Zinfandel Sonoma Old Vines 2011

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

A bit tight on the nose with slightly smoky and toasty wood spice aromas layered over slightly beef, plum framed medicinal cherry fruit. rather light and fresh in the mouth with an ease about it and lovely flavors of raspberry and cherry layered over the well judged wood notes. The acids are nicely done here, supportive and helping to drive the fruit across the finish but remaining well integrated through the long black cherry finale. There’s a little briar here and mostly red cherry fruit on the palate but you know you are drinking Zinfandel and this does show pretty good length on the palate. The oak is a little obvious here. 87pts

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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 Old Vines

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
3.50 5
09/15/2014

A bit tight on the nose with slightly smoky and toasty wood spice aromas layered over slightly beef, plum framed medicinal cherry fruit. rather light and fresh in the mouth with an ease about it and lovely flavors of raspberry and cherry layered over the well judged wood notes. The acids are nicely done here, supportive and helping to drive the fruit across the finish but remaining well integrated through the long black cherry finale. There’s a little briar here and mostly red cherry fruit on the palate but you know you are drinking Zinfandel and this does show pretty good length on the palate. The oak is a little obvious here. 87pts


Member Reviews for Ravenswood Zinfandel Sonoma Old Vines

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.40 5
09/15/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: RandyFisher
10733941,886
3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 01/09/2016

Blue and red fruits on the nose, Medium bodied fruit forward wine with relatively high acid and an almost tannin free finish,


Snooth User: compostod
766772330
2.50 5
Vintage: 2007 04/13/2011

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: drdebs
6497901
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 05/17/2009

Raspberry and blackberry aromas, with notes of plum blossom. Sweeter, berryish palate. Cinnamon spice finish. I like it, but it doesn't taste like Zin.



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