Ravenswood Pickberry Vineyards 2006
Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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
Wine Enthusiast - "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."
International Wine Cellar - "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"
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 has come to be associated.
A key to Ravenswood’s success is our long-standing relationships with over 60 independent grape growers. Vineyards are chosen for their location, age, yield and special flavor characteristics. At Ravenswood, we are devoted to working with growers who share our philosophy about high quality.
Ravenswood Vineyard Designate wines are made employing what winemaker Joel Peterson refers to as “stubborn and impractical” Old World enological practices. Wines are fermented in small wooden tanks using wild, natural yeasts and punched down by hand three to five times per day. The wines are characterized by intense, spicy aromas supported by rich, berry flavors and long, clean finishes. View all Ravenswood Wines
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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 Joneses, or Napa-ites if you will. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review3.5 }div>3.4 out of 5 stars
- 5 Stars: 4
- 4 Stars: 8
- 3 Stars: 6
- 2 Stars: 2
- 1 Stars: 2
23 ratings, 14 with reviewsKen Pribyla - Madison, MS13/4/2011Worst 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.richard hirsch - Denver, CO312/2/2011Sparky G - Simsbury, CT512/22/2010Excellent...needs to be room temperature and poured through an aerator. Terrific flavors.Wolfmagic 2012 - Juneau, AK48/10/2011Got 3, but only 1 left and I wish I'd bought a case!This is so yummy!Jacqui Gordon - Champaign, IL49/5/2011
Top on my list. I rate it a 93.RJF - Corona, CA28/25/2011R. Rundt - Plano, TX47/13/2011another very drinkable wine.46/20/2011excellent wine!46/18/2011
- Big & Bold
- Earthy & Spicy
Wish I would have bought more when it was in stock. Found it to be a delicious wine with it's best years ahead!Shoblock - Ledgewood, NJ312/4/2010Mary R - Huntersville, NC41/28/201125/7/2011A good example of why there should always be more Cab than Merlot. Not a special wine. Ended up using it for cooking.44/14/2011
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good stuff. Great drink, not great, but good.jim sheehan - Naperville, IL14/13/2011the first bottle we opened was corked so we are still hopeful the next bottles will meet our expectationsHoora Abdolreza - Pleasanton, CA54/7/2011David Bahama - Haiku, HI34/4/2011Jamie Simon - Pacific Palisades, CA33/22/2011Michael Geier - Conroe, TX52/22/2011This one is a real score, big and bold with dark fruity flavors, I LOVE it. I recommend it to EVERYONEBianco - Cos Cob, CT32/17/2011Deep, rich wine, nice finish. Worth the discounted $28, probably not $45+.312/7/2010A 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.
- Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
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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