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Ravenswood is back on track with their 04 Zins

by Randy Buckner » Wed Sep 27, 2006 4:58 pm

2004 Ravenswood, Zinfandel, Barricia, Sonoma Valley, California, $30, 1,025 cases. Black fruit and cedar aromas dominate the nose, and then repeat on the palate. The wine is tart in the mouth, with round, youthful tannins exerting their presence; 86/85.

2004 Ravenswood, Zinfandel, Belloni, Russian River Valley, California, $30, 1,475 six-pack cases. The fruit screams Zinfandel here – loads of brambly wild plums and berries unfold on the senses. The Zin is balanced, with lively acidity and approachable tannins; 90/90.

2004 Ravenswood, Zinfandel, Big River, Alexander Valley, California, $30, 1,525 cases. The aromas are a complex mix of black cherries, cedar, vanilla and sand plums. Well-rounded and tart in the mouth, this is a beefy wine with plenty of stuffing; 88/88.

2004 Ravenswood, Zinfandel, Dickerson, Napa Valley, California, $30, 1,975 cases. This wine always speaks of the elegant side of Zinfandel, the tamed side if you will. It is complex and fruity, with supple tannins and perfect balance. Black raspberries, cedar, violets and smoke linger on the finish; 91/91.

2004 Ravenswood, Zinfandel, Old Hill, Sonoma Valley, California, $60, 1,095 cases. Blackberries, vanilla, mocha and cedar notes intermingle on the nose. On the palate you’ll find complex black fruits interlaced with subtle floral nuances. The tannins are smooth and round, but then they firm up on the finish, demanding patient aging, 88/86.

2004 Ravenswood, Zinfandel, Teldeschi, Dry Creek Valley, California, $30, 2,375 cases. This crimson-colored Zin gives off aromas of black fruits, smoky caramels and coffee creams. It is elegant on the entry, but the tannins firm up quickly. The fruit is lush and complex – it only needs cellar time; 90/90.

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