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Ravenswood Monte Rosso Zinfandel 2001
Traditional folklore in the Sonoma Valley dictates that planting red grapes in the red volcanic soils of these mountains will produce terrific red wine. The wine from this vineyard is a testimony to that wisdom. Deep, rich, dark color hints of the concentration of this wine. The nose of cherries, plums, leather, pepper and spice are a perfect introduction to the supple, round, full-bodied spicy flavors of Monte Rosso Zinfandel.
There are few Zinfandel vines that rival the quality and complexity of the fruit from Monte Rosso. These are the kinds of grapes that produce wines that age well. These wines should develop delicious bouquet and subtlety in seven to ten years but are so well balanced and flavorful in their youth that they may not survive wanton infanticide by crazed Zinfomaniacs.
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.