This September, Ravenswood Winery celebrated its 40th anniversary with a blow-out bash at their winery on Gehricke Road in Sonoma. If you missed it, don't fret. So did I. What you don't want to miss, however, is one of Ravenwood's Single Vineyard wines that was recently released.
It is said that ravens circled overhead on the day in 1976 when Ravenswood founding winemaker Joel Peterson completed his first harvest – hence the winery’s name. In the four decades since, Ravenswood has become California’s leading producer of Zinfandel. There is a wide array of wines - mostly Zinfandel - in Ravenswood's vast portfolio. Here's one of my Single Vineyard favorites.
Ravenswood's Single Vineyard Designates is a wine series that's all about terroir
. These are single vineyard locations that are ideally suited to the grapes grown there: old, low-yield vines which are site-specific. 2014 Ravenswood Dickerson Vineyard Zinfandel Napa Valley ($33) is the most refined and elegant of the Single Vineyard Designate Zins, offering up notes of mint and eucalyptus, along with sweet mid-palate raspberry and currant fruit flavors that are well-balanced by the wine's acidity.
Happy Anniversary, Ravenswood!