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2014 Ravenswood Old Hill Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma Valley

2014 Ravenswood Old Hill Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma Valley

BY RAVENSWOOD

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Tasting Notes

The 2014 Old Hill Zinfandel is refined and reserved yet assertive. It displays aromas of red fruit, dried flowers, anise and bramble spice. It has firm but very fine tannins, leading to a long enjoyable finish and also contributing to the terrific aging potential of this wine. 78% Zinfandel, 22% Mixed Blacks

Vineyard Notes

Otto Teller was larger than life. He had worked out a special recipe for life and stuck to it. He couldn’t stand excesses or the distractions of modern life; he knew what was good, elegant, and classic, and he eschewed anything that didn’t meet his standards. Teller’s pride and joy was Oak Hill Farm in Sonoma Valley, where he raised flowers, produce, and decorative shrubs—and which he expanded in 1981 to include Old Hill Ranch, whose century-old grapevines mingled with junk cars, abandoned appliances, blackberries, and poison oak. Ignoring consultants who advised him to fumigate and replant, Otto brought the vineyard back from the dead. He cleared the brush, cultivated natural cover of grass, and stimulated growth with foliar kelp, relying on ladybugs and praying mantises to control pests. Planted in the traditional field blend of early California grape growing, these were some of the oldest vines in the Valley of the Moon. When Otto died in 1998 at the age of 90, his stepson Will Bucklin left his winemaking job to take over Old Hill. A vineyard that is not only a historic embodiment of California wine, but an ongoing incarnation of Otto Teller: big, rich, complex, generous, and uncompromising.

95 Points & 3 Stars

Impressive for both its concentration and complexity, the latests edition of Old Hill is a Zinfandel of enormous depth, and, as usual, it is also the most backward of the Ravenswood contingent with a marked need for age. It is not a fierce wine, but it is framed by plenty of youthful tannin and has the structure and stuffing to support a decade or more in the cellar. It spite of its rugged and rustic demeanor, it offers a clear look at fruit from first sniff to finish, and it is a sure bet to grow and gain in richness and reach if given the chance.

Connoisseur's Guide, May 1, 2017
93 Points

Silky texture with ripe blackberry and cassis; rich and spicy with intensity and depth; lush and generous; balanced and complex.

Anthony Dias Blue - The Tasting Panel, February-March 2017
91 Points

Bright, dusty leather is a highlight of this structured, meaty, balanced wine, firm and grippy in tannin. Red berry and coffee complement each other to find a tension between fruit and spice.

Virginie Boone - Wine Enthusiast, June 1, 2017
Double Gold
2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
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