Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2012 Ravenswood Zinfandel Dickerson 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 visit Ravenswood in the summer, when they released their single vineyard wines. Back in the day they also served delicious barbecue on the deck out behind the winery. Great wine, great food and great memories.

Dickerson Vineyard is situated on Zinfandel Lane in Napa Valley and was planted in 1930. Trees have always been an important part of Dickerson vineyard. The eucalyptus at the north end of the property imparts an inarguable influence on the wine’s flavor.

Crimson in color. 14.9% ABV. Tremendous nose of brambly black fruits, mint and anise. Medium to full bodied with ample acidity. Dark and brooding. Black cherry, blackberries, mint and pepper on the palate. Medium length on the finish. Such a unique Zinfandel although admittedly the the mint is somewhat distracting. Best over the next 1-2 years.

My rating: 90 points.

Ravenswood is widely available at retail the winery and via the mailing list. The ’15 version of Dickerson will set you back about $42.

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