About Ravenswood Winery
Ravenswood Winery has humble origins, beginning in 1976. This was the year Joel Peterson harvested his first crop of Zinfandel. Not from his own vines, however, Joel consistently sourced grapes from vineyards in Sonoma County and Napa Valley. At first it wasn’t by choice, he simply couldn’t afford to buy land. Now, steadfast relationships have delivered a successful formula. As the old saying goes…if it ain’t broke…
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Great value for the money. Very smooth.
Excellent Zin - 2004
The 2004 Ravenswood Zinfandel is one of the best bargain value wines around. A beautiful blend of berries, zippy spice and a well-balanced finish.
GREAT everyday Zin - dry cherry tones
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WSJ Good / Very Good
Pleasant, grapey and uncomplicated, with raspberry fruit and a hint of earthiness. We didn't like the 2005 "Old Vine" or "Vintner's Blend" as much.
About Napa Valley
Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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Zinfandel is not the rage it was in the 1980s and early 1990s, as there are now too many wines made from overripe fruit or from young vines, or overwhelmed by excessive use of new barrels. Today's Zin styles range from elegant, taut, and claret-like midweights to superripe and potty behemoths, with off-the-charts...
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