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Date Printed: 8/27/2014
Ravenswood Vintners Blend Petite Sirah 2008
Ravenswood Vintners Blend Petite Sirah 2008
(search item no. 108320)

PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $11.79

Winemaker's Notes:

Ravenswood has a long, storied history with Petite Sirah. Planted by California's earliest winemakers, the varietal was traditionally used as a blending grape. Although Petite Sirah thrived, it fell out of popularity after Prohibition and was rarely given a chance to stand on its own as a varietal. Joel Peterson began experimenting with the grape in 1976 and with the 2006 vintage he debuted the Vintners Blend Petite Sirah to rave reviews.

The 2008 Vintners Blend Petite Sirah is full-bodied and powerful with black fruit, cherry, plum, and notes of chocolate. Well-structured tannins will allow for aging, but the wine's concentrated fruit flavors and mouth-filling palate make it an ideal wine for enjoying now. Ravenswood Petite Sirah is delicious for everyday drinking.

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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.