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.
Belloni Vineyard dates back to the early 1900’s and is situated on Wood Road in the heart of the Russian River Valley.
Crimson in color. 14.5% ABV. Black and red fruits, pepper and toasty oak on the nose. Medium body with light to medium acidity. Restrained, Claret style Zinfandel. Raspberry, blackberry, white pepper and cocoa powder on the palate. The finish is long and spicy. Pretty good but I expect more from the Belloni Vineyard. Most likely a reflection of the sub par 2011 vintage. Drink over the next few years.
My rating: 89 points.
Ravenswood is widely available at retail the winery and via the mailing list. The ’14 version of the Belloni Vineyard Zinfandel will cost you right around $35-$40.
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