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2008 Ravenswood Winery Zinfandel Old Hill Sonoma Valley
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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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2008 Ravenswood Winery Zinfandel Old Hill Sonoma Valley

Producer: Ravenswood Winery
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Zinfandel
Origin: California
Region: Sonoma

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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2010

($60) Inky ruby with a bright rim. Powerful aromas of dark cherry and black raspberry are complicated by potpourri and dark chocolate, with a hint of spicecake coming up with air. Juicy, penetrating cherry and dark berry flavors are sweetened by a sexy oak note and show no rough edges. Turns more floral with air and picks up supple tannins. Extremely alluring wine with impressive finishing lift and sappy length. As attractive as this is now, I'd hold off drinking it for another five-plus years, at least.

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It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...

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Zinfandel

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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