Ravenswood Belloni Ranch Zinfandel 2006

Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California

Item No. 98409
  • red wine
  • ST92
  • CG92
  • W&S91
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

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Winemaker's Notes

Due to the long ripening time and the penetrating intervals of afternoon sun, the Belloni Zinfandel is deeply colored with an intense odor and the flavor character of boysenberries and blueberries, mingled with the traditional spice and smoky characteristics of Zinfandel. The luscious qualities of the wine make it delicious and ready to drink when it is young, but cellaring for five to seven years will contribute substantially to the wines complexity.

Critical Acclaim

"Deep ruby. Smoky dark berry and cherry preserves on the nose, along with spicecake, roasted meat and dried rose. Quite ripe on the palate, with fleshy dark fruit flavors, chewy texture and slow-building spiciness. Packs serious flavor punch, not to mention impressive finishing cling and thrust. This needs full-flavored food. 90-92"
92 Points

"22% Mixed Blacks. Deep and convincing aromas of blackberry with lighter hints of raspberry and boysenberry are joined in the nose by suggestions of briar, dark and rich soils and a faint whiff of cocoa powder. A very full-bodied wine, as are all the vineyard-designated bottlings from Ravenswood in this Issue, it uses both ample acidity and a solidifying streak of tannin to find the right kind of balance for uses with savory foods and for up to a half decade of cellaring."
92 Points

"Deep purple flavors of black raspberry and pomegranate fill the luscious chocolatey tannins of this zin. It's firm, juicy and delicious, to decant for slow-braised short ribs."
91 Points

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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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Learn About Sonoma County

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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