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2011 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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2011 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 2014

Inky ruby.  A complex bouquet presents dark fruit liqueur, licorice, violet and fruitcake, with a smoky overtone and a hint of black pepper.  Stains the palate with sappy boysenberry and cherry-cola flavors that spread out on the back half and pick up a suave floral pastille nuance.  Dusty tannins build through a sweet, strikingly persistent finish brightened by a vibrant, spicy jolt of peppery spices.  I suspect that this will be the longest-lived of this year's set of zins here, but I don't think that it will take forever to unfold, either.

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