Ravenswood was founded in 1976 by Joel Peterson. The winery is a pioneer in producing single vineyard Zinfandels from some of Napa and Sonoma’s most treasured vineyards, including Dickerson, Old Hill, Cooke and Belloni. I used to visit Ravenswood in the summer, when they released their single vineyard wines. Back in the day they also served delicious barbecue on the deck out behind the winery. Great wine, great food and great memories.
Old Hill Ranch is an iconic vineyard. It was founded by William McPherson Hill in 1851. The vineyard came into the Bucklin family when it was purchased in 1981. Bucklin, Bedrock and Ravenswood are the sole producers of wine from the vineyard
Crimson in color. 14.2% ABV. Big nose of brambly black and red fruits, baking spices and white pepper. Full bodied and powerful with gobs of acidity. Well balanced, Claret style Zinfandel, that finishes with a healthy dose of tannins. Blackberries, cherries, anise and pepper on the palate. Delicious Zinfandel from a historic vineyard. Best over the next 5-7 years.
My rating: 92 points.
Ravenswood is widely available at retail the winery and via the mailing list. Look for current versions of Dickerson, Belloni or Old Hill.
I wrote about Old Hill Ranch previously in Top 10 Old Vine Zinfandel Vineyards.