Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2011 Renwood Old Vine Zinfandel – Bottle Notes

Renwood Winery was established in 1993 and is one of the most respected wine producers in the Sierra Foothills, specializing in Zinfandel.

In the early to mid nineties I lived in Sacramento and my passion for Zinfandel was based on trips to wineries like Renwood, Ravenswood and Rafanelli. At the time Scott Harvey was the winemaker and the Zinfandels from the likes of Grandmere and Grandpere Vineyards were some of my very favorites.

Renwood is now under new ownership but the mission is still the same – world class Zinfandel made from some of the finest vineyards in the Sierra Foothills.

Joe Shebl is the current Director of Winemaking and the consulting winemakers include Jeff Cohn and Kent Rosenblum. Renwood now makes upwards of a dozen different Zinfandels.

The review below is based on a sample provided by the winery.

Dark garnet in color. 14.8% ABV. Red fruits, licorice and pepper on the nose. Medium body and medium acidity. Raspberry, marionberry, white pepper and a bit of vanilla on the palate. Rich and jammy with a long spicy finish. Right around $20 at retail and the winery. Drink over the next 1-2 years.

My rating: 89 points.

The Zins from Renwood are affordable and exceptionally well made. Be on the look out.

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