Ravenswood Old Hill Ranch Zinfandel 2006
Deep red. Powerful, deeply scented bouquet combines fresh red fruits, flowers and Indian spices; turns more pungent with air, picking up a candied floral character that carries onto the palate. Very fresh and silky, with tangy red- and blackcurrant flavors enhanced by building spiciness. The finish will not quit. Already very complex but history says that this wine will richly reward patience. Range: 94-96
Otto Teller of Oak Hill Farm purchased 14 acres of abandoned vineyard across Highway 12 in 1981, a planting of mixed blacks that was about 100 years old at the time. He reclaimed the vines and farmed them naturally (without chemicals), sustaining what is the now the oldest vineyard among Ravenswood's vineyard designates. Those vines produced an expansive wine in 2006, stony, firm and powerful. At first it reads as a block of fruit packed into the tense architecture of its tannins. With air, it becomes finer, more supple, as the complex flavors of the varietal blend begin to show. Cellar this for ten years of more; as a California classic, this will grow only more collectible-and delicious-with long bottle age.
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