Without a doubt, Ravenswood Winery is one of the most well-known Zinfandel producers in the United States and the world. Its owner and winemaker, Joel Peterson, most likely bleeds zinfandel. It’s his unadultered passion for this noble grape is one of the primary reasons behind it and he has made it his mission to bring quality zinfandel to the masses.
Last year, I reviewed some of his more value-driven zins and so it was a nice surprised to take a look at one of Ravenswoor’s single-vineyard wines as well.
- Location: Dry Creek Valley
- Acreage: About 30 acres
- Year planted: Oldest vines planted from 1913–1919
- Soil type: Gravelly clay loam
- Climate: Very warm North Dry Creek weather, little fog
- Elevation: About 300 feet
- Exposure: On the Dry Creek bench, with a slight western exposure
- Spacing: Oldest vines 8’X8′, younger vines vary from 6’X10′, 6’X12′, 8’X12′
- Yield: About 3 tons per acre
- Varietals: Varieties separated in blocks, Zinfandel, Carignane and Petite Sirah
- Blends vary based on vintage characteristics.
- Rootstock: St. George
- Price: $35
Nose: Dried cherries, eucalyptus and raspberries right off the bat that smell as if they’ve been shoved inside a sock. I also get some nice notes of green peppercorn, black licorice and dark chocolate.
Taste: Rhubarb-laced raspberry pie, with allspice, cherry-cola, shoe-leather, charcoal and plumsauce. A good mid-palate transition that has the fruit showing strong across the entire palate. This wine started off rather awkward for me, however, after a while of decanting, it opened up rather well. A good effort but to me there are more interesting zinfandels in its price-range or slightly less.