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Renwood Winery 2004

Member Review by Onin24eagle:

I find that most zinfandels do not age well. This is no exception. It's 2012 as I'm writing this and the 2004 is probably 3 years past its prime. The nose was somewhat promising with smoke, plum and clove. A bit too much smoke for me but I've found that Renwoods are generally very smokey zinfindels, even at their peak. The palate is where the wine shows its age. Again, heavy smoke flavor profile overwhelmes and there are some bright cherry notes and even a little hint of coffee, but the wine seems a tad "watered down". It lacks that "oomph" that even a moderately good zin will show at least a little of. The finish has some length but is weak. In the end, it's drinkable now but won't last much longer. I'll give it 2.5 glasses with the acknowledgment that it was probably worthy of at least a full glass more in the rating if I had tried it 4 years ago. If you're sitting on a bottle of this in your cellar, crack it open before it's too late.

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Renwood Winery:
Surrounded by some of America’s oldest Zinfandel vineyards, Renwood Winery is located in the picturesque California foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Renwood produces world-class award winning wines from Amador County and the Sierra Foothills. Boston native Robert Smerling founded Renwood in 1993. Mr. Smerling fell in love with Amador County’s rich history and magnificent vineyards. A ... Read more
Surrounded by some of America’s oldest Zinfandel vineyards, Renwood Winery is located in the picturesque California foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Renwood produces world-class award winning wines from Amador County and the Sierra Foothills. Boston native Robert Smerling founded Renwood in 1993. Mr. Smerling fell in love with Amador County’s rich history and magnificent vineyards. A plan was set in place to build one of America’s premier Zinfandel wineries. Mr. Smerling brought together a group of professional investors who helped him found the company. Wine production has grown from 2,500 cases in 1993 to over 100,000 cases today. The critics all agree Renwood produces consistently exceptional wines covering the spectrum from big, bold, jammy Zins to wonderfully balanced Syrahs and Barberas. Today we produce over 18 different wines, including 2 Proprietary wines, 3 Vineyard Designated wines, 6 Amador County wines, 4 Red Label wines and 3 Dessert wines. With the introduction of our Red Label Series from our younger vines, Renwood has entered a new phase in its development. We are able to provide quality wine at reasonable prices to the wine by-the-glass trade and major floor displays in supermarkets and large retailers throughout the country. As part of the continuing expansion, Renwood acquired Santino Winery in 1995. Today, we have 50,000 square feet of production space in Plymouth. In addition to the Plymouth site, we have an Ione facility with 15,000 square feet of production space. Our Tasting Room and Hospitality Center are open daily from 10:30 to 5:30. Last year, Renwood entertained 40,000 visitors at our Tasting Room. You can find Renwood wines in all 50 states and 16 foreign countries. Renwood has been featured in Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Food & Wine Magazine, Touring & Tasting, Decanter, and many other magazines. Renwood has been awarded top medals at world wine competitions including California State Fair, Los Angeles County Fair, San Francisco International Wine Competition, Hilton Head Wine Festival, Atlanta Wine Challenge and many more worldwide. Our flagship wine, Renwood Grandpère® Zinfandel comes from the oldest clone of Zinfandel in America dating back to the 1860’s. This unique wine has won worldwide acclaim, as Americas most loved Zinfandel! For more information, visit our website at www.renwood.com Read less

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Snooth User: Onin24eagle
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07/18/2012

I find that most zinfandels do not age well. This is no exception. It's 2012 as I'm writing this and the 2004 is probably 3 years past its prime. The nose was somewhat promising with smoke, plum and clove. A bit too much smoke for me but I've found that Renwoods are generally very smokey zinfindels, even at their peak. The palate is where the wine shows its age. Again, heavy smoke flavor profile overwhelmes and there are some bright cherry notes and even a little hint of coffee, but the wine seems a tad "watered down". It lacks that "oomph" that even a moderately good zin will show at least a little of. The finish has some length but is weak. In the end, it's drinkable now but won't last much longer. I'll give it 2.5 glasses with the acknowledgment that it was probably worthy of at least a full glass more in the rating if I had tried it 4 years ago. If you're sitting on a bottle of this in your cellar, crack it open before it's too late.



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