Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2011 Ravenswood Zinfandel Barricia Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Ravenswood was founded in 1976 by Joel Peterson. The winery is a pioneer in producing single vineyard Zinfandels from some of Napa and Sonoma’s most treasured vineyards, including Dickerson, Old Hill, Cooke and Belloni. I used to regularly visited Ravenswood in the summer, when they released their single vineyard wines. Back in the day they also served delicious barbeque on the deck out behind the winery. Great wine, great food and great memories.

Barricia Vineyard is situated in the heart of Sonoma Valley and the vines trace back to the the 1890’s.

Crimson in color. 14.8% ABV. 76% Zinfandel and 24% Petite Sirah. Perfumed nose of black fruits, anise and vanilla bean. Medium body with crisp acidity. Claret style Zinfandel. Black cherry, blackberry and white pepper on the palate. There are coarse tannins on a very long finish. Drink over the next 1-2 years.

My rating: 90 points.

Ravenswood is widely available at retail the winery and via the mailing list. The ’12 version of the Barricia Vineyard Zinfandel will cost you $37.

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