Connoisseurs Guide 91
"On first sniff and taste, the new Teldeschi comes across as being relatively closed and fairly tight-fisted in fruit, but, when given a chance, it proves to be a very deep wine, albeit one that is less outgoing than we have come to expect from this site. It is tough, it is tannic and it will take a longer stay in the cellar to come around, and it needs at least four or five years, and perhaps more, if it is to grow out of its comparatively rustic youth."
Wine Spectator 90
" Sleek and zesty, with floral raspberry and sage aromas, featuring structured, briary flavors of cherry, dried anise and white pepper. Drink now through 2021. 4,032 cases made. "
Wine Enthusiast 88
" A field-inspired blend of 80% Zinfandel with 12% Carignane and 12% Petite Sirah, this wine holds red jammy fruit at its core. Medium to full-bodied in weight, it has fine tannins that give silkiness to offset the wine’s sizable power.
"The 2012 Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel is a lively wine exhibiting blue fruits and seductive spices. The weight and texture are nothing short of extraordinary. The finish is lengthy and pleasant." ~ 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.