Ravenswood was founded in 1976 by Joel Peterson. The winery is a pioneer in producing single vineyard Zinfandels from some of Napa and Sonoma’s most treasured vineyards, including Dickerson, Old Hill, Cooke and Belloni. I used to visit Ravenswood in the summer, when they released their single vineyard wines. Back in the day they also served delicious barbecue on the deck out behind the winery. Great wine, great food and great memories.
The 2016 Old Vine Zinfandel Lodi is 82% Zinfandel, 17% Petite Sirah and 1% Alicante Bouschet.
Dark crimson in color. 14.5% ABV. Big nose of black fruits, cocoa, vanilla and pepper. Full bodied with plenty of acidity. Bold and plush. Blackberries, black cherries and baking spices on the palate. Medium length on the finish. Easy to drink and better than last year’s version of this wine. Best over the next 2-4 years.
My rating: 90 points.
Ravenswood is widely available at retail the winery and via the mailing list. The ’16 version of the Old Vine Zinfandel Lodi will only set you back about $15. Even better, the grocery store down the street likely has this wine.
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