Ravenswood Winery

Old Vine Sonoma County Zinfandel

8.8296 ratings
8.611 pro ratings
Sonoma County, California, USA
Zinfandel
Lamb, Chicken, Turkey, White Rice, Pasta, Potato, Herbs, Mushrooms, Soft Cheese, Chili & Hot Spicy, Tomato-Based, Duck, Exotic Spices, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Pork, Baking Spices, Pungent Cheese, Beef, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Ellen Clifford

Oh crud I wrote a long thing about Ravenswood being family but like a family that...nevermind I cut it and apparently not in a way to paste.
Generously dried fruity. Coca Cola. Those in between tannins and abv and you, blind tasted might think it a friendly Cali blend but hell its just friendly.

Oh crud I wrote a long thing about Ravenswood being family but like a family that...nevermind I cut it and apparently not in a way to paste.
Generously dried fruity. Coca Cola. Those in between tannins and abv and you, blind tasted might think it a friendly Cali blend but hell its just friendly.

Mar 11th, 2020
Ellen Clifford

Successful comedy show performance calls for solid wine. And I love Ravenswood. I reviewed the lower price point recently and to be truthful I love both for different reasons. This wine is a rather boozy and also acidic with medium tannins so actually think it could use a couple more years—maybe. It is so much dried cherry, dried vanilla bean and a fistful of earth.

Successful comedy show performance calls for solid wine. And I love Ravenswood. I reviewed the lower price point recently and to be truthful I love both for different reasons. This wine is a rather boozy and also acidic with medium tannins so actually think it could use a couple more years—maybe. It is so much dried cherry, dried vanilla bean and a fistful of earth.

Apr 7th, 2018
Ellen Clifford

This review is wine for my goshdarned people!. Because my podcast has been covering grocery store faves of listeners figured I should write about this Vons/Ralph’s fave possibly again. I should check I’ve likely covered before...It holds up. Balanced in every dang way. Dry with medium acid, medium minus tannins, as for alcohol...I’m guessing, well heck it’s so smooth I think maybe deceptive. 13.5? Anddddd (imagine me scurrying from my tasting seat to the fridge to investigate) I was indeed deceived by the plushness of these ripe tannins it is 14.5 abv what do you know! Body is full, flavor intensity is full but not too complex. Then come berries spice and raisins. But so fucking delicious—this is a wine that would get wine ratings people in arms. How do you rate a wine that doesn’t confound you but just makes you way happy?! Ravenswood at most levels usually seems to please me extraordinarily and I will not get into ratings baloney. If you listen to the podcast know I stand behind my Ravenswood forevs analysis. Shit is gonna be SO delightful if you wanna think about it you’ll find something if not holy heck just enjoy! The dried cherry, the ripe tannin, the silky alcohol level hell this grocery store wine might even be a desert island wine.

This review is wine for my goshdarned people!. Because my podcast has been covering grocery store faves of listeners figured I should write about this Vons/Ralph’s fave possibly again. I should check I’ve likely covered before...It holds up. Balanced in every dang way. Dry with medium acid, medium minus tannins, as for alcohol...I’m guessing, well heck it’s so smooth I think maybe deceptive. 13.5? Anddddd (imagine me scurrying from my tasting seat to the fridge to investigate) I was indeed deceived by the plushness of these ripe tannins it is 14.5 abv what do you know! Body is full, flavor intensity is full but not too complex. Then come berries spice and raisins. But so fucking delicious—this is a wine that would get wine ratings people in arms. How do you rate a wine that doesn’t confound you but just makes you way happy?! Ravenswood at most levels usually seems to please me extraordinarily and I will not get into ratings baloney. If you listen to the podcast know I stand behind my Ravenswood forevs analysis. Shit is gonna be SO delightful if you wanna think about it you’ll find something if not holy heck just enjoy! The dried cherry, the ripe tannin, the silky alcohol level hell this grocery store wine might even be a desert island wine.

Dec 15th, 2017
Christopher Beatty

Full bold with lost of fruit and spice. Mellowed the longer opened

Full bold with lost of fruit and spice. Mellowed the longer opened

4 people found it helpfulJun 7th, 2014
Jody Loop

This is very Yummy! On sale at Walgreens for $7.95 cheap and tasty!! Great flavor!

This is very Yummy! On sale at Walgreens for $7.95 cheap and tasty!! Great flavor!

2 people found it helpfulMar 1st, 2015
Lori Mike

Smoke with dark fruit. Alcohol on the front but did lose it as it opened up brown spices

Smoke with dark fruit. Alcohol on the front but did lose it as it opened up brown spices

2 people found it helpfulNov 20th, 2014
Scott Barber

Wine Educator Meadowood Napa Valley

8.2

Very solid example of classic testable Sonoma Co. Zin, and only $12! More $ for Nebbiolo, Bdx, Riesling and Wh Burgs!

Very solid example of classic testable Sonoma Co. Zin, and only $12! More $ for Nebbiolo, Bdx, Riesling and Wh Burgs!

2 people found it helpfulJul 3rd, 2013
Kirk Irwin

Very woody nose, but not overwhelming. Cherry and cinnamon in there too. Tannic sour, right off. Needs to open a little.

Very woody nose, but not overwhelming. Cherry and cinnamon in there too. Tannic sour, right off. Needs to open a little.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 15th, 2017
Kerrie McKendry

Kerrie had this 4 years ago

Kerrie had this 4 years ago

1 person found it helpfulDec 30th, 2016
Linda O'Keefe

black currant forward, hollow mid palate, finish is decent but not complex. Maybe it will get better with age?

black currant forward, hollow mid palate, finish is decent but not complex. Maybe it will get better with age?

1 person found it helpfulJun 19th, 2015