(From 2011 Vintage) Offers a medium ruby-magenta color and pungent aromas of fresh raspberries and blueberries infused with lavender and graphite, with hints of dried thyme and cedar, all highlighted by some clear wild berry notes. The wine is quite dry but balanced and integrated, its moderately dense but supple tannins and lithe acidity providing support for black and blue fruit flavors inflected by pepper, cloves and a touch of mint.
(From «nv» Vintage) A tremendous Zinfandel, Ravenswood's most expensive, and while you might quiver at the price, it's easily a very great wine. This is Zinfandel on steroids, a monster of wild summer berry, tobacco, currant and spice flavors, wrapped into significantly thick tannins. Yet despite the power, it never quite loses elegance and balance.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesSeemingly cut from different cloth, and oft-times our favorite of Ravenswood's wines, the Old Hill Ranch Zinfandels are typically tougher, more firmly balanced and come with a veneer of dusty earth spice. In this outing, the toughness is plain, but the wine's fruit is understated, and, while teasing with glimmers of rich-ness along the way, the wine is an exercise in forbearance at a price that makes us question the risk.