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Ravenswood 'Old Vine' Zinfandel

Region: United States, California, San Joaquin Valley, Lodi

Vintage: 2007

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Winery: Ravenswood
Type of Grape: Zinfandel
Style: Red
Price: $15

Joel Peterson started Ravenswood in the 1970s, when California's claim to fame was the "best jug wine in the world." His dream was to create wines that would rival the greatest of Europe. In his first vintage, 1976, he produced 327 cases of Dry Creek Zinfandel that took first place in a prestigious San Francisco tasting. But despite the cult following and critical acclaims that began to swirl around its hypnotic logo, Ravenswood remained a roving boutique until the late 1980s, when its Vintners Blend program was launched. The program was conceived on Joel's conviction that, besides great wine, the world needed good, affordable wine. Ravenswood help to redefine the notion that California only produced the “Best Jug Wine in the World.” Ravenswood began to acquire an informal reputation as a premium winery and in 1999 the company went public with a "Dutch auction" of shares offered over the Internet. Just two years later Ravenswood was purchased by Constellation Brands, becoming part of its fine-wine division, Franciscan Estates. Despite its changes in ownership, Ravenswood continues to set a stubborn standard for complex, balanced, uncompromising wine that captures everything a vineyard has to offer.

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