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    Ravenswood Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 2008
    Zinfandel - Sonoma County, California

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    • ST91
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 96 Connoisseurs' Guide, 91 International Wine Cellar, 90 Wine Enthusiast, 90 Wine & Spirits

    Region: Sonoma County, California

    Varietal: Zinfandel

    Style: Big & Bold

    Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 111852

    Winemaker's Notes:

    The 2008 Teldeschi is deep purple, nearly black in color. Powerful aromas of black cherries, coffee, caramel, and dark chocolate as well as other sweet dark fruit scents combine to create the classic character of a great Dry Creek Benchland Zinfandel. Rich flavors of sweet cherry liqueur, vanilla and smoke lead to a ripe, dense, gently tannic, long and bright fruit finish.

    Critical Acclaim:

    As a group, the Ravenwood's 2008 single-vineyard Zinfandels rank among winemaker Joel Peterson's best efforts yet, and, if picking a favorite is not easy, the deep and delicious Teldeschi bottling stands out as our pick of the bunch. Keenly focused on optimally ripe berries and showing the stunning concentration of classic old-vine Zinfandel, it is wonderfully well-balanced for the big wine that it is, and its layered flavors last and last. It will no doubt tempt drinking early, but it has a decade or more of improvement ahead, and it should be cellared away for at least four or five years.

    96 Points
    Connoisseurs' Guide

    Glass-staining purple. Powerful scents of boysenberry, cherry liqueur, licorice and dark chocolate. Chewy dark berry compote and bitter cherry flavors are underscored by strong mineral, smoke and licorice qualities. Sweet and gently tannic on the finish but not at all hard. I'd check back on this in another year.

    91 Points
    International Wine Cellar

    There's nothing subtle about this Zin. It's rich and ripe in fruit and spices, flooding the mouth with wild, briary blackberry and mulberry flavors. Drink this exuberant young wine with spicy meats. The world's greatest hamburger or cheeseburger would not be out of place.

    90 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    An old-fashioned zin with the complexity of mixed blacks (the original blocks were planted from 1913 to 1917), this measures its blackberry fruit against earthy notes of tannin. It's ripe, but not all pruney or porty, just balanced with the peppery sweetness of zin. Decant it for grilled lamb.

    90 Points
    Wine & Spirits
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    User Reviews:

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    Clydie Duley (7/22/2012)
    Excellent Vin
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    ROBERT TAYLOR (6/11/2012)
    big and bold very fruity no after taste
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    jtryka (1/6/2012)
    The 2008 Ravenswood Teldeschi Zinfandel comes from a great family vineyard run by the Teldeschi family and focusing on growing Zin, along with petite syrah and carignane, which are often blended with this wine. The wine expresses everything I expect in a great Zin, the nose is full of bright fruit, blackberry, cherry, black currant, along with a wonderful hint of cedar and tobacco. The color is an inky, dark purple that suggest the strength of the wine and the smoothness of the tannins. On the palate it's a simply delicious and vibrant explosion of fruit, followed by a long, smooth, dry finish that is so characteristic of the Zins of the Dry Creek Valley in the Sonoma Valley.
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    Victor Markus (9/30/2011)
    Very good
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    PinotBob (9/17/2011)
    Lush full bodied Zinfandel needs decanting to open up to a mouth full of plum and dark fruit flavors.
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    wine educator (7/13/2012)
    This is an easy recommendation! Good dark berry, briary nose, medium-full body and structure to age. Consistently good from this vineyard.
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    John Westcott (11/1/2012)
    Over rated and just ordinary,
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    Sean McCarthy (6/18/2012)
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