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Ravenswood Icon 1997

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    In terms of climate, if theres any region of France that has a strong resemblance to California it would be the Rhone. The warmer Mediterranean influence gives the grapes of that southern clime the sort of ripeness (and alcohol levels) often associated with the wines of our own part of world. The primary varietals of the Rhone, however, which include Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre, still account for a rather small (but growing) percentage of the vineyard plantings in this state. Ravenswood Icon is a proprietary blend of these three varietals. The wine is rich in dark fruit flavors such as berry, black cherry and plum, with a meaty texture, an element of exotic spice and the smoke and vanillin of French oak. Tannins are ample for aging for at least 10 years, but again, if you are a fan of the bold, lush fruit of a young wine, and dont mind a dusting of tannin, this is a gorgeous candidate for near-immediate consumption.

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    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 their long-standing relationships with over 60 independent grape growers. Vineyards are chosen for their location, age, yield and special flavor characteristics. At Ravenswood, they are devoted to working with growers who share their philosophy about high quality.

    Ravenswood Vineyard Designate wines are made employing what 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.

    CVI255059_1997 Item# 11433