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.
Teldeschi Vineyard is spread across three ranches on the east bench of Dry Creek Valley. The vineyard dates back to the 1890’s.
Bright crimson in color. 14.8% ABV. Sublime nose of black and blue fruits, cocoa and peach. Full bodied with mouth watering acidity. Loaded with plush, dark fruits. Blackberry, blueberry, raspberry liqueur, chocolate and pepper on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Immensely appealing and certainly one of the best Dry Creek Valley Zins. Best over the next 3-5 years.
My rating: 94 points.
I always hesitate to suggest yet another mailing list to my readers but I’ll make an exception here. Sign up soon as I suspect these wines will be hard to come by in the not so distant future. The 2021 vintage set of wines was just released and I think Once & Future only releases wines once a year so the next release should be in early 2024.