Joel Peterson founded Ravenswood Winery in 1976 with a focus on Single Vineyard Zinfandel. Ravenswood was immensely successful and over time began producing in excess of a million cases per year. Once & Future is the return to the original vision Joel had for Ravenswood so many years ago – a small project specializing in wines from unique older vineyards. At present time Once & Future makes several Zins along with a Merlot, Mataro and Petite Sirah.
Sodini Vineyard is on Limerick Lane in the Russian River Valley and was planted in 1905.
Bright crimson in color. 14.9% ABV. Brilliant nose of bright red fruits, peach, citrus and pepper. Medium body with perfect acidity. Fresh, vibrant and bursting with juicy fruits. Raspberry, strawberry, earth and pepper on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. I really enjoyed this wine. Consider this the perfect Zinfandel to serve a Pinot Noir drinker. Delicious and elegant. Best over the next 2-3 years.
My rating: 94 points.
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