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2009 Ravenswood Zinfandel "Old Hill"

Ravenswood 2009 Old Hill Zinfandel

Winery: Ravenswood

Vintage: 2009

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Old Hill"

Wine Category: Zinfandel

Grape blend: 76% Zinfandel & 24% Mixed Blacks

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Sonoma Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $60

Cases produced: 600

KWG Score: 93.2 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: March 2, 2013

Wine Review: This dark ruby colored high-end Zinfandel opens with a fragrant ripe red raspberry and boysenberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, nicely balanced, juicy and savory. The flavor profile is a very tasty mild oak influenced plum with hints of minerality, gentle blackberry and subtle black licorice. The finish is dry and its very moderate tannins are very dusty and stick around for quite some time. This impressive Zin is not your typical fruit bomb. Instead it is very food friendly and would pair well with a cowboy cut ribeye. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: The 2009 Old Hill is a wine that is refined, but assertive. Powerful ripe aromas of smoky cedar, vanilla, and dark chocolate are underpinned by the full fruit character of Bing cherries and black raspberries. Big, rich, and somewhat gamey on the palate, the dark fruit, cherry liquor, and spice flavors persist in a long finish enveloped in delicious vanilla and sandalwood flavors infused by the judicious use of French oak aging. This is an extremely alluring wine that is attractive now but, as most past vintages from this vineyard have demonstrated, will continue to get more interesting for many years.

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