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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Sonoma's first famous Zinfandel, made in 1862 by William Hill, was grown in this vineyard. These vines—
probably Sonoma's oldest—turn out remarkable wines. Old Hill Vineyard contains 14 different varieties, but
is blended to be 75% Zinfandel. It has Rhone-like intensity with striking precise aromas of blackberry, black
pepper, vanilla, coffee, smoke, and mint.
This 2007 Old Hill Zinfandel is a well-balanced, graceful, complex wine that will age very nicely. The wine
keeps unfolding each time you put your nose in the glass. You'll notice an array of scents and flavors in this
wine; most notably mulberry and blackberry, followed by a strikingly pure, focused finish. The wine gains
intensity with air, making it a great wine for an extended, lingering dinner. It is lovely to be consumed now
or put down for years to come.
"24% Mixed Blacks. A throwback to another era, this venerable vineyard with its blend of Zinfandel and other varieties has been producing big, rich, deep wines for decades-and this dramatic effort from 2007 is one of the best. It has typically separated itself from its siblings by being the least open of the bunch, and here again, it is not particularly outgoing in aroma but starts with the blackberry focus of the variety and adds layers of rich, complex notes of cocoa, black plums and raspberry preserves and follows through on the palate with tight somewhat polished, balanced flavors that run headlong into the expected edge of astringency at the end. This powerful effort is one to lay away for up to a decade in complete confidence."
"You can quibble with the price, but there's no doubt about the quality of this Zin. It's extraordinarily deeply flavored, offering waves of wild cherries, cola, anise, molé sauce, pepper spice and sandalwood, wrapped into profoundly fine tannins, and with a long, dry finish. Drink this near-perfect Zinfandel over the next six years."
"Bright ruby. Stony, strikingly precise aromas of redcurrant, raspberry, graphite and iron filings, with a suave undercurrent of pungent incense. A strong floral note gains strength with air and carries onto the palate, adding complexity to the zesty red berry and cherry flavors. Tangy blood orange and mineral qualities linger on the impressively pure, focused finish. I really like this wine's balance and graceful touch. Range 94-95"
International Wine Cellar
Fueled initially by the inspiration and winemaking skills of Joel Peterson, aided and abetted by his business partner W. Reed Foster, Ravenswood winery has been dedicated to top quality, hand-crafted wine since the first crush in 1976. Every Ravenswood wine carries a unique vintage and vineyard identity in addition to the intense powerful - gothic - character with which the winery...Read More About Ravenswood
Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...Read More About Sonoma County
Zinfandel the American - or Californian - grape. Although it's not from America
(Croatia has been named its origin),
it does seem quite at home in the vineyards of California.
During Prohibition, many
Zinfandel vines survived as the high-yielding grape was popular both for home winemaking and communion wine, which is...Read More About Zinfandel
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