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Date Printed: 9/20/2014
Ravenswood Big River Zinfandel 2006
Ravenswood Big River Zinfandel 2006
(search item no. 96889)
International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $28.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 96 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 vintage of Big River Zinfandel expresses the most pure characteristics of old vine Zinfandel with a combination of concentration, complexity, and a richness that is unsurpassable. This wine is big, round, and berry filled, with almost a hint of dill, yet filled with jammy and raspberry characteristics. You'll notice immediately the spicy, plumy character of this particular wine in the nose. Its soft, round, plumy flavors are the essence of old vines expressing their "old vineness."

"Bright ruby. Sexy, pungent aromas of cassis, blackberry and Asian spices. Deep, sweet and sappy, offering round, supple dark berry preserve flavors and good spicy snap. Impressively balanced for such a rich wine, with outstanding finishing sweetness and length."
-International Wine Cellar 92-94

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About Ravenswood:

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 has come to be associated.

A key to Ravenswood’s success is our long-standing relationships with over 60 independent grape growers. Vineyards are chosen for their location, age, yield and special flavor characteristics. At Ravenswood, we are devoted to working with growers who share our philosophy about high quality.

Ravenswood Vineyard Designate wines are made employing what winemaker Joel Peterson refers to as “stubborn and impractical” Old World enological practices. Wines are fermented in small wooden tanks using wild, natural yeasts and punched down by hand three to five times per day. The wines are characterized by intense, spicy aromas supported by rich, berry flavors and long, clean finishes.