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Date Printed: 10/22/2014
Ravenswood Dickerson Vineyard Zinfandel 2006
Ravenswood Dickerson Vineyard Zinfandel 2006
(search item no. 97562)
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Much riper in this vintage than the typical Dickerson bottling has been but deeper because of it, the wine smells of concentrated berries with a slight dried fruit quality and also picks up a loamy soil complexity, hints of sarsaparilla and a creamy oak overlay. It comes equipped with an extra measure of fullness on the palate and flirts with a late harvest notes but never gives in thus insuring that it will work with savory meats. It is more intense than the Teldeschi bottling but less classic."
-Connoisseurs' Guide

"Ruby-red. Spicy aromas of red berries, cherry, cracked pepper, mace and violet. Fresh and clean, with energetic red fruit flavors braced by zesty minerality. Picks up dusty tannins with air and finishes with very good grip and energy."
-International Wine Cellar 91-93

"Dense garnet hue. Powerful aromas of blackberry, raspberry and cedar box. Tart, creamy cranberry fruit with spicy pepper and supporting tannins. Drying on the close with spicy cedar and eucalyptus accents." 90 Points
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About Ravenswood:

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.