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.
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Luscious aromas of plum, black cherry, and black currant
with flavors of blueberry, blackberry, cocoa, and spice. A lingering, juicy, supple finish is complemented by acidity so balanced it could walk a tightrope. more
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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... more
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Be prepared for the full-on rush of flavors and aromas that only old vine Zinfandel from Napa Valley can deliver. This bold wine takes no prisoners with its full-bodied aromas and flavors of bright blackberry and black cherry held up by luscious notes of cocoa and baking spices. The wine finishes... more
You'll get taken over by aromas and flavors of black cherries, currants, clove, and cocoa, with soft, full tannins and balanced acidity for an achingly long and oh-so-pleasant finish.
Unbelievable with lasagna, grilled pepper steak, or stew.
Blend: 77% Zinfandel, 23% Petite Sirah more
Be prepared for the full-on rush of flavors and aromas that only Old Vine Zinfandel from Napa Valley can deliver. This bold wine takes no prisoners with its full-bodied aromas and flavors of raspberry, blackberry, warm spice and vanilla.
Try to resist having this Zin with strong cheese, red... more
Full-bodied with black fruit and chocolate. This wine is powerfully delicious, with a decidedly un-petite flavor profile. more
The mostly old vines that make up the Teldeschi vineyard
are Zinfandel, Carignane, and Petite Sirah, a melange typical
of older vineyard plantings in California. The three varieties
are fermented separately and blended to taste. The winemaking style brings out the best of the vineyard-power and... more
Ravenswood turned to eternally great vineyards in carefully selected California winegrowing nirvanas to find just the right fruit for the 2010 Zen of Zin. This smooth Zinfandel bursts onto the scene with intriguing floral and spice aromas, then delivers lusciously concentrated fruit flavors of... more
Ripe, perfumed black raspberry, cherry pie, cracked black pepper, and spice-driven scents with hints of smoke, dry earth, and new leather adding complexity to the aromas classically associated with the Barricia vineyard. Delicious, sweet dark fruit flavors at the heart of the wine give way to an... more
A gutsy wine with fruit sourced from notable vineyards throughout the valley, this Old Vine Zinfandel is expressive with notes of warm
spice and vanilla. Powerful, full-bodied raspberry and blackberry flavors with structured tannins will allow this wine to age, but vibrant fruit makes it perfect... more
Just like great wine, Zinfandel vines only get better with age. For this Old Vine Zinfandel, we chose vineyards in San Joaquin County where warm days are punctuated by cool nights. The grapes stay dry, just what Zinfandel likes, but the roots have pushed deep to find water and nutrients so that the... more
Wafting aromas of violet, toffee, and nutmeg are
followed by notes of blackberry jam and ripe plum,
while wisps of coffee and vanilla float effortlessly
through the finish. more