Wine & Spirits 91
"Joel Peterson makes this wine from a vineyard on Zinfandel Lane in St. Helena. In 2013, Dickerson is a fresh, open zin, yielding generous fruit in a cascade of blackberry, strawberry and red currant flavors. The texture is soft and clean if you open it now; the tannins gain prominence as it develops with air, the structure feeling harder, the fruit less accessible. Zinfandel is often best immediately on release, or more than ten years from the vintage, and this is a wine to go short or long; forget about it in the mid-term. "
Wine Enthusiest 90
"A 100% varietal wine, this offers a juiciness of red fruit that's deliciously inviting, surrounded by plenty of cinnamon and black pepper. Grippy and full bodied, it reins in its ripeness well, remaining structured and complex through a mineral-driven finish."
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On a fall day in 1976, as ravens taunted from tree branches above, Joel Peterson worked doggedly to bring in four tons of grapes before a looming thunderstorm hit.
The fruit he crushed that night was used for one of two single-vineyard Sonoma County Zins – the first wines to bear Ravenswood's signature ring of ravens. Ravenswood's "No Wimpy Wines" credo says it all – embrace the bold, abhor the bland.
From our flock of Single Vineyard Designate wines, as unique as the individual vineyards they're from and the people who farm them, to the County Series wines that capture the spirit of California's best growing regions and the popular Vintners Blend bottlings sourced from vineyards throughout California, we strive to put what we pick from the fields right into the bottle. Unadulterated, unapologetic, unfussy, unwimpy.
The same year America celebrated its bicentennial, Ravenswood's founding fathers announced their own independence from business as usual, tying their success to the underdog variety that today is considered California's heritage grape – Zinfandel.
Who knew that three decades later, the plucky winery with the mysteriously mesmerizing label would be one of California's most respected producers of this gutsy grape, with a cabal of ravenous fans around the world.