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2011 Ravenswood Zinfandel Old Hill Ranch Vineyard – Bottle Notes

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 barbeque on the deck out behind the winery. Great wine, great food and great memories.

Old Hill Ranch is possibly the oldest continuously farmed vineyard in California. It was established in 1852 by William McPherson Hill who was the first viticulturist to import non-Mission grapes into Sonoma.

Purple in color. 14.9% ABV. Stunning nose of red and black fruits, plums and white pepper. Full bodied with moderate acidity. Rich and plush with great texture on the palate. Flavors of raspberry compote, boysenberry, earth and pepper. Chalky, dusty tannins on an exceptionally long finish. Easily the most impressive Zinfandel I have had from Ravenswood in the last several years. Old Hill Ranch is the diamond in the Ravenswood SVD lineup. Drink over the next 4-6 years.

My rating: 94 points.

Ravenswood is widely available at retail the winery and via the mailing list. The ’14 version of the Old Hill Ranch Zinfandel will cost you right around $50.

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The Week in Zinfandel (7/24/17)

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The Week in Zinfandel (5/22/17)

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2011 Ravenswood Zinfandel Teldeschi Vineyard – Bottle Notes

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 regularly visited Ravenswood in the summer, when they released their single vineyard wines. Back in the day they also served delicious barbeque on the deck out behind the winery. Great wine, great food and great memories.

Teldeschi Vineyard dates back to the 1890’s and is situated in Dry Creek Valley.

Crimson in color. 14.8% ABV. Brambly red and black fruits, white pepper and spiced plums on the nose. Medium body with mouth watering acidity. Silky and lush on the palate with flavors of raspberry, blackberry and pepper. Medium length on the finish. This Zinfandel is just a touch on the lean side which is a reflection of the vintage. Pretty good nonetheless. Drink over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 90 points.

Ravenswood is widely available at retail the winery and via the mailing list. The ’14 version of the Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel will cost you right around $35-$40.

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The Week in Zinfandel (4/3/17)

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The Week in Zinfandel (10/3/16)

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2011 Ravenswood Zinfandel Big River – Bottle Notes

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 regularly visited Ravenswood in the summer, when they released their single vineyard wines. Back in the day they also served delicious barbeque on the deck out behind the winery. Great wine, great food and great memories.

Big River Vineyard is situated in the heart of Alexander Valley and the vines trace back to the the 1890’s.

Ruby red in color. 15% ABV. Crazy good nose of black and red fruits, white pepper and cloves. Medium body with medium acidity. Old school Claret style Zinfandel from a challenging vintage. Tart cherries, blackberries, toast and pepper on the palate. The finish is long and lean. The bar is high at Ravenswood and this bottle comes up a little short. Really good nonetheless. Drink over the next several years.

My rating: 89 points.

Ravenswood is widely available at retail the winery and via the mailing list. The ’13 version of the Big River Vineyard Zinfandel will cost you right around $35.

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The Week in Zinfandel (4/4/16)

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The Week in Zinfandel (2/16/15)

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Top 10 Old Vine Zinfandel Vineyards

Great Zinfandel is made in the vineyard. The quality of a bottle of Zinfandel is almost always correlated with the age of the vineyard from which it comes. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the state of California where most of the best Zinfandels come from vineyards that literally date back to the turn of the 20th century.

The Historic Vineyard Society was founded several years ago and is dedicated to the preservation California’s historic vineyards. Most of the vineyards registered at the Historic Vineyard Society are planted to field blends which include Zinfandel. These vineyards are truly a living, breathing link to California’s winemaking past.

Below is a list of my top 10 old vine Zinfandel Vineyards.

  1. Old Hill Ranch – The vineyard dates back to the 1880’s and is currently a fruit source for Ravenswood and Bucklin. Old Hill Ranch is possibly the oldest continuously farmed vineyard in the state.
  2. Hayne Vineyard – The vineyard was planted in 1902 and 1903 and is located on the west side of St. Helena at the base of Spring Mountain. Hayne Vineyard Zinfandel goes to Turley, Carlisle and Chase.
  3. Monte Rosso – Monte Rosso was planted in the 1880’s by Emanuel Goldstein and the original winery is still on the property. Located off of Highway 12 in Sonoma the grapes are being used by Carlisle, Bedrock, Louis Martini and Robert Biale.
  4. Papera Ranch – Papera Ranch is located on the eastern side of the Laguna de Santa Rosa in the Russian River AVA of Sonoma County. The vineyard is named for Charley Papera, who planted the vines in 1934. The fruit is used by Williams Selyem, Carlisle, Bedrock and Novy.
  5. Pagani Ranch – The vineyard is just off Highway 12 in the Glen Ellen area of Sonoma County. Angela and Felice Pagani came to Sonoma County from Italy, purchased the property and planted the vineyard in the early 1900’s. The fruit goes to Ridge, Seghesio, Biale, Bedrock and Carlisle.
  6. Ueberroth Vineyard – Owned by the ex-commissioner of baseball Peter Ueberroth, the limestone vineyard is situated on the west side of Paso Robles. Ueberroth is the oldest vineyard in the appelation having been planted in 1885. Turley has made an Ueberroth Vineyard Zinfandel since 2002.
  7. Montafi Ranch – Montafi Ranch, formerly Tom Feeney Vineyard, was planted in 1926 and sits on the Santa Rosa city limits. The vineyard is mostly Zinfandel but does contain a healthy amount of Alicante Bouschet and Grand Noir de la Calmette. The fruit goes to Carlisle.
  8. Bedrock Vineyard – The site formerly known as Madrone Ranch was first planted in 1854. Senator George Hearst purchased the property in 1888 and planted most of the vines that exist to this day. Located in the Sonoma Valley the vineyard is a fruit source for Ravenswood, Carlisle and Bedrock.
  9. Carlisle Vineyard – Carlisle Vineyard was planted in 1927 on the eastern bench of the Laguna de Santa Rosa flood plain. Both sides of the Laguna were popular for settlement by Italian immigrants in the early 1900s. Carlisle, of course, and Novy use the fruit.
  10. Limerick Lane Vineyard – The property is just south of Healdsburg at the end of Limerick Lane. The vineyard was planted around 1910 by Mario Del Fava and has only been farmed by 3 families in the last 100 years. The fruit goes to Limerick Lane, Carlisle and Bedrock

This list is entirely subjective. I really struggled with leaving vineyards like Dickerson, Belloni, Martinelli Road, Jackass Hill, Forchini and Lytton Estate off the list. Since it is subjective I’d love to hear what vineyards I have not mentioned that would have made your top 10.

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