Ravenswood Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 2006
Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
Black pepper, vanilla, hints of smoke and tar intermingled with ripe fruit flavors-lots of luscious Bing cherries and sweet plums.
Lorenzo's father had settled in the Alexander Valley. Franco (who, upon coming to America, began calling himself Frank) planted his own vineyard and sold grapes to Italian home winemakers in San Francisco. Sometime later, during the 1970s, a young winemaker came to their house in Dry Creek Valley and asked if he could buy some grapes for his new winery, Ravenswood. He and Frank sat down under a tree and Frank opened a bottle of his homemade wine; four hours later Joel Peterson could hardly walk, but he had a deal for a few tons of Zinfandel—a grape that, if God could grow it in only one place, He would grow it in Dry Creek Valley.
Today Frank's son John is also a grapegrower, and the Teldeschis still sell fruit to home winemakers. But a few years ago their truck blew up near the Golden Gate Bridge, so John doesn't deliver grapes to San Francisco any more. This turned out to be another break for Joel, who swears that he didn't do anything to the truck but does now produce a wine made exclusively from Teldeschi grapes. Some of the vines are 90 years old, and the grapes are the classic Italian-Californian field blend: Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane. But Zinfandel was Lorenzo's favorite, so it's mostly Zinfandel.
Connoisseurs' Guide - "The mating of Teldeschi fruit with the Ravenswood hand has yielded superb results across the years, and 2006 is not exception. From its first nose of ripe, concentrated blackberries tinged with sweet spices to the background notes of soils, toast and toffee to its varietally compelling flavors firmed by tough yet fruit-buffered tannins, this one never lets up, but it does want time in the cellar to soften its age-demanding astringency"
International Wine Cellar - "($35) Deep, saturated red. Zesty cherry and redcurrant aromas display admirable energy and clarity. Tangy, finely etched red berry flavors are medium in weight, with mint and camphor adding vivacity. Becomes sappier and sweeter with air, finishing with excellent lift and snap."
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.
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20 ratings, 14 with reviews56/25/2009A very excellnt Zin. I've had this several times now compared w/ other Zins and this one is very smooth, integrated and has lots of flavorsDan Neisch - Cypress, TX51/7/2011Really nice long finish. Smoky and elegantsipper - Milton, FL410/12/2010
not as fruity as some zins. A really wonderful wine of which I wish I had bought a case57/13/2011
- Light & Fruity
can't not like this lovely zin.wine educator - Newport, OR412/14/2010nice nose; medium body with raspberry fruit; nice finish; definitely worth the costMary R - Huntersville, NC510/8/201045/17/2011drosen12 - Dallas, TX35/29/2010erwinh - Palo Alto, CA44/7/2011emsact - Aurora, IL44/5/2011Cam Fortin - San Francisco, CA43/23/2011311/18/2010Very attractive bottle, dark red color, high alcohol content dominated flavor, decanting a must for this one, or leave uncorked over night. Not a bad wine for $16, but I've had better Zins for less. Glad I didn't spend $33Kenneth Fox - Buffalo Grove, IL47/22/2010Very fruit forward and a silky texture. A great summer email@example.com - Richmond, VA49/21/2010Great wine, great price. DeliciousJCM of San Antonio - Grafton, MA48/10/2010I have been drinking the Ravens Wood Zin Teldechi for many years and the 2006 is yet another excellent vintage. Although ready to drink now, this wine can cellar for several years. Outstanding nose, front side berry and tabletop...a finish that lingers with amplification.Fred-O - Scotts Valley, CA18/20/2010It let me down. Tasted like it was past it's dates and starting to sour.William Hardin - Yamhill, OR49/2/201092 Points Deep, saturated red. Zesty cherry and red currant aromas display admirable energy and clarity. Tangy, finely etched red berry flavors are medium in weight, with mint and camphor adding vivacity. Becomes sappier and sweeter with air, finishing with excellent lift and snap. Stephen Tanzer's International Wine CellarRobert Mauriello - San Clemente, CA37/22/2010This wine is just ok. Not bad but definitely not close to the ratings that influenced me to buy it. Very ordinary Zin.Daniel Gilbert - Lake Oswego, OR47/26/2010Great fruit up front. Good structure. Enough tannins that indicate it might be age worthy. Far superior to their cheaper/standard offerings. Reminds me a great deal of a Turley.57/22/2010Very solid wine, full bodied and rich but smooth. Followed the advice of a professional reviewer and aired for a half hour though this made me nervous. However, I was not disappointed. The flavour was firm, rich in current and fruit, but was also smooth and seemed to offer new variety with each glass. I have loved this wine since a visit to Napa a number of years ago, and no vintage has ever disappointed.
- Earthy & Spicy
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%.
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