Joel Peterson founded Ravenswood Winery in 1976 with a focus on Single Vineyard Zinfandel. Ravenswood was immensely successful and over time began producing in excess of a million cases per year. Once & Future is the return to the original vision Joel had for Ravenswood so many years ago – a small project specializing in wines from unique older vineyards. At present time Once & Future makes several Zins along with a Merlot, Mataro and Petite Sirah.
Palisades Vineyard is located off of Palisades Road one mile north of the town of Calistoga. The vineyards dates back to the 1960’s.
Black as ink. 14% ABV. Brooding nose of black fruits, road tar and creosote. Full bodied with mouth watering acidity. Rich, concentrated and absolutely packed with fruit. Black cherry, blackberry liqueur, licorice and pepper on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long with silky, mouth drying tannins. No harm in drinking a bottle now but this will also keep for another decade.
My rating: 93 points.
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