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Ravenswood Pickberry 2006

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

This vintage is 74% Merlot with the remainder being Cabernet Sauvignon all aged 24 months in 40% new Allier barrels. Cigar tobacco, green peppercorns, pencil lead and candied black cherries on the nose. In the mouth this is quite rigid and focused with a decidedly oak profile and assertive wood tannins on the palate. There are deep cocoa and cigar box tones in the mouth balanced by sweet dark fruit that recalls chocolate covered cherries. The finish is quite spicy and vanilla tinged with significant drying tannins. This may just need time but seems to be a bit too aggressively styled for me. 87pts

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Ravenswood Winery:
  No Wimpy Wines. That’s the motto of Ravenswood Winery, a winery that believes that white Zinfandel’s best quality is that it preserved Old Vine Zinfandel during Prohibition. That’s not just some flashy name either: Joel Peterson, founder and winemaker of Ravenswood and nicknamed “the Godfather of Zin,” lives it every day. He spent 15 tireless years tr... Read more
  No Wimpy Wines. That’s the motto of Ravenswood Winery, a winery that believes that white Zinfandel’s best quality is that it preserved Old Vine Zinfandel during Prohibition. That’s not just some flashy name either: Joel Peterson, founder and winemaker of Ravenswood and nicknamed “the Godfather of Zin,” lives it every day. He spent 15 tireless years trying to get his winery to turn a profit, and while his first harvest was in 1976, it was in 1992 that he finally quit his other job at a clinical lab, splitting his life in two the whole time. Financing the operation was always difficult. For many years, the winery moved around, trying to find a cheap place to house their operations. It wasn’t until their Vintners Blend program was launched that they were finally able to settle down with the money they made, in 1991. Starting in the mid 80s, Vintners Blend was a less expensive wine, thanks to the fact that it was created by blending many grapes from different vineyards. In 1982 Ravenswood made their first Zinfandel with grapes from multiple vineyards, creating its County Series: wines that feature regional distinctions. Today, it sources grapes from over 100 vineyards in northern California, a huge expansion from its original vagabond roots. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Ravenswood Pickberry

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,179
3.50 5
10/05/2009

This vintage is 74% Merlot with the remainder being Cabernet Sauvignon all aged 24 months in 40% new Allier barrels. Cigar tobacco, green peppercorns, pencil lead and candied black cherries on the nose. In the mouth this is quite rigid and focused with a decidedly oak profile and assertive wood tannins on the palate. There are deep cocoa and cigar box tones in the mouth balanced by sweet dark fruit that recalls chocolate covered cherries. The finish is quite spicy and vanilla tinged with significant drying tannins. This may just need time but seems to be a bit too aggressively styled for me. 87pts


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Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.50 5
09/28/2009

74% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, deep purple wine, dark fruit, blackberries, cedar and spice. Full in body, tannins slightly overpowering, needs time so that tannins can soften more but overall enjoyable and hearty



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