1991 Ravenswood "Old Hill Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1991 Zinfandel-Old Hill is the quintessential Zinfandel. It exhibits an opaque purple color, and a huge, peppery, black-raspberry-scented nose with subtle oak in the background. In the mouth it is pure decadence - rich, fabulously concentrated, expressive, and chewy. Layer upon layer of black-raspberry fruit coat the palate with glycerin and alcohol.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Very fresh deep red-ruby color. Perfumed, penetrating aromas of blackberry and mulberry, with a captivating floral nuance. Great intensity and freshness in the mouth; still all primary fruit: juicy and sharply defined. Strong but harmonious acidity and firm, ripe tannins give this zin terrific structure for extended aging. Finishing fruit really stains the palate. Still-youthful, capable of improving in bottle for several more years. A long, coolish growing season explains this wine terrific acidity and uncanny depth of flavor. 14.9% alcohol. A classic American zinfandel.
Wonderful bouquet, with complex aromas of anise, blackberry, mint and sour cherry, and a lively beam of acidity. The tannins are still evident, with a stewed black tea and rich berry aftertaste.