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Ravenswood

$50

2008 Sonoma Mountain Pickberry Vineyard

Joel Peterson began working with this vineyard in 1986, the vines planted by Chris Strotz in 1982. Mostly merlot and cabernet sauvignon, this latest release starts out black, generously tannic in scents of mushrooms and pine, with a grand red fruit presence that plumps up in the glass. Over the course of several days, the wine gains energy, its initial richness turning silky, its tannins spicy and fresh as they rocket the fruit past the horizon line. Cellar this for ten years to get the most out of the bottle. (600 cases)

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Ravenswood, Sonoma, CA

Reviewed by Joshua Greene | Oct 2013 | Add a comment

92

Ravenswood

$16

2011 Napa Valley Old Vine Zinfandel (Best Buy)

Sunny, bright and spicy, this has the cool freshness of tobacco leaf and the plump ripeness of fat black cherries. It’s savory rather than sweet, a happy burst of zin juiciness with enough moderation in its alcohol to feel vinous and restrained. Buy a case to bring a little bit of summer to your table this fall.

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Ravenswood, Geysersville, CA

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91

Ravenswood

$35

2010 Sonoma Valley Barricia Vineyard Zinfandel

A floral zin with substance and weight, this is long on black cherry flavor and eucalyptus-scented tannins that feel chewy and need bottle age to mellow. If you like the floral side of zin, decant it now for grilled lamb. (700 cases)

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Ravenswood, Sonoma, CA

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Ravenswood

$10

2011 California Vintners Blend Petite Sirah (Best Buy)

A peppercorn bite and mouthwatering acidity give shape and edginess to this wine’s simple, plush blackberry fruit. For anything off the grill.

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Ravenswood Winery, Acampo, CA

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