Ravenswood Barricia Vineyard Zinfandel 1999

Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California

Item No. 44608
  • red wine
  • ST92
  • RP90
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2007
  • WE93
  • ST90
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Winemaker's Notes

Patricia Herron and Barbara Olesen must have been psychic when they purchased the vineyard that they would name "Barricia" (a contraction of their first names that, coincidentally, means barrel in Portuguese). The Zinfandel from this vineyard seems to have been revered by every winery that has made wine from it. And why not? Barricia is an old, low production vineyard, in a special location in Sonoma Valley. The area, known by locals as the "Banana Belt" due to the benevolent warmth of it's microclimate, was among the first planted in Sonoma Valley. Though none of the vines are from the primary planting because of a phylloxera epidemic that ravaged the original vines planted on their own roots, some however, date from the replant which was grafted to St. George root stock (late 1870's). Due to their age and the fact that they are farmed without irrigation , the crop level on these vines is low and the vine vigor minimal. This, of course, leads to very intense wines. Because of the thick-skinned nature of these grapes, the level of tannin is high and the winemaker has to be careful to not over extract the grapes in order to maintain a good balance between fruit and structure. Understanding this about the vineyard, the Ravenswood Barricia wines are beautifully complex and potentially long-lived. Barricia Vineyards has the blackberry, black pepper spiciness commonly associated with Sonoma Valley Zinfandel. It has a unique ripe plum, spice flavor that is well supported by fine ripe tannins. After tasting this wine it is easy to see why so many wineries have chosen to set it apart as a special production.

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Fueled initially by the inspiration and winemaking skills of Joel Peterson, aided and abetted by his business partner W. Reed Foster, Ravenswood winery has been dedicated to top quality, hand-crafted wine since the first crush in 1976. Every Ravenswood wine carries a unique vintage and vineyard identity in addition to the intense powerful - gothic - character with which the winery...

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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Learn About Zinfandel

Zinfandel(ZIN-fahn-dell) American Grape Zinfandel the American - or Californian - grape. Although it's not from America (Croatia has been named its origin), it does seem quite at home in the vineyards of California. During Prohibition, many Zinfandel vines survived as the high-yielding grape was popular both for home winemaking and communion wine, which is...

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