Ravenswood Pickberry Vineyards 2006
Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.2%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The Pickberry Vineyard is located on the slopes of Sonoma Mountain on the western side of the Sonoma Valley. Pickberry Vineyard got its name many years ago by then two-year-old Kristin Strotz, daughter of owners Cris and Lorna Strotz, due to the irresistible blackberry vines that grow on the property. Pickberry fruit (in this case grapes, as opposed to blackberries) has traditionally produced opulent, berry-saturated, Bordeaux-style wines and with the 2006 vintage, these indisputable virtues are even more dramatic.
Deep ruby color, expressive aromas of smoky cherry, blackcurrant and baking spices. Suave dark berry flavors show liqueur-like depth and intensity, with dusty tannins adding shape and grip and carrying through the finish.
Blend: 74% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon
"Quite a noble, interesting wine that bears comparing with the best of Napa Valley. It's bone dry, with softly dusty tannins backed with a firm hit of clean acidity. The flavors are somewhat herbal, with a sage and tobacco edge to the blackberries, dark chocolate and graphite. Feels classy and important, but young. Better after 2012."
"Deep ruby color. Expressive aromas of smoky cherry, blackcurrant and baking spices. Suave dark berry flavors show liqueur-like depth and intensity, but with no excess weight. This is actually quite elegant, with dusty tannins adding shape and grip and carrying through the finish. Became fresher and more energetic with aeration; I'd hold off on popping one of these for a few years, at least.
Barrel Sample: 92-93 points"
International Wine Cellar
Worst case of cork and tannin taste I've ever had in a supposedly unspoiled wine. Ordered three bottles and only tried two. I hope it was something in the storage, etc., because I have always had great success with Wine.com orders. The good news is Wine.com is replacing the three bottles so I will have a chance to see if the wine really rates the high regard that it was touted with. Finally, it is the first bad wine I've had from Ravenswood as well so I am hopeful this was an aberration. I hope my saying I would not buy this wine again proves to be wrong.
Big & Bold
Wish I would have bought more when it was in stock. Found it to be a delicious wine with it's best years ahead!
This one is a real score, big and bold with dark fruity flavors, I LOVE it. I recommend it to EVERYONE
Excellent...needs to be room temperature and poured through an aerator. Terrific flavors.
Big & Bold
Top on my list. I rate it a 93.
Got 3, but only 1 left and I wish I'd bought a case!This is so yummy!
another very drinkable wine.
Smooth & Supple
good stuff. Great drink, not great, but good.
Deep, rich wine, nice finish. Worth the discounted $28, probably not $45+.
A nice smooth blended wine with excellent body. I would buy this wine again at the $25 dollar level, but not at $50. A nice buy at $25.
A good example of why there should always be more Cab than Merlot. Not a special wine. Ended up using it for cooking.
the first bottle we opened was corked so we are still hopeful the next bottles will meet our expectations
Earthy & Spicy
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