Connoisseurs Guide to Wine 96
"As a group, the Ravenwood's 2008 single-vineyard Zinfandels rank among winemaker Joel Peterson's best efforts yet, and, if picking a favorite is not easy, the deep and delicious Teldeschi bottling stands out as our pick of the bunch. Keenly focused on optimally ripe berries and showing the stunning concentration of classic old-vine Zinfandel, it is wonderfully well-balanced for the big wine that it is, and its layered flavors last and last. It will no doubt tempt drinking early, but it has a decade or more of improvement ahead, and it should be cellared away for at least four or five years."
International Wine Cellar 91
"Glass-staining purple. Powerful scents of boysenberry, cherry liqueur, licorice and dark chocolate. Chewy dark berry compote and bitter cherry flavors are underscored by strong mineral, smoke and licorice qualities. Sweet and gently tannic on the finish but not at all hard. I'd check back on this in another year."
Wine Enthusiast 90
"There’s nothing subtle about this Zin. It’s rich and ripe in fruit and spices, flooding the mouth with wild, briary blackberry and mulberry flavors. Drink this exuberant young wine with spicy meats. The world’s greatest hamburger or cheeseburger would not be out of place."
Wine & Spirits 90
"An old-fashioned zin with the complexity of mixed blacks (the original blocks were planted from 1913 to 1917), this measures its blackberry fruit against earthy notes of tannin. It's ripe, but not at all pruney or porty, just balanced with the peppery sweetness of zin. Decant it for grilled lamb."
"The 2008 Teldeschi is deep purple, nearly black in color. Powerful aromas of black cherries, coffee, caramel, and dark chocolate as well as other sweet dark fruit scents combine to create the classic character of a great Dry Creek Benchland Zinfandel. Rich flavors of sweet cherry liqueur, vanilla and smoke lead to a ripe, dense, gently tannic, long and bright fruit finish." ~ Winery notes
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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.