2009 Dickerson Zinfandel
California: Napa Valley
Quoth the Ravenswood
Highly recommended, today’s 2009 Ravenswood Dickerson Zinfandel is a limited-production, single vineyard delight that our tasting panel really loved. We spent a great deal of time with this wine, swirling, sniffing and sipping. We took note of how this wine evolved, opening up to reveal brighter fruits on the palate and on the nose. The feel also evolved as the wine breathed, becoming softer and more elegant. Pair with pork sliders or your favorite tangy barbecue.
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Dark magenta with a slightly darker heart, this wine shows evenly concentrated color, throughout. After swirling, tall, skinny, wine-colored legs move slowly down the glass.
A little shy, at first, swirly this wine and aromas really come alive. After black cherry, sweet tobacco, leather, blackberry, cassis and plum emerge, white pepper, spiced cherry candy, sweet brown spice and dried fall leaves follow.
Delicious flavors improves as the wine breathes. Black cherry, black plum, black pepper and dark tobacco leaf are the initial flavors. These are layered atop hard leather, dried earth, dried fall leaves and dusty bramble. At the very end, the subtle flavor of flint makes a brief appearance.
Ultra long, lead by dark black fruit that gradually yields to earthy flavors. Black pepper and earth lead to subtle flinty mineral at the very end.
What the Winery Says
The Dickerson Vineyard, located on Zinfandel Lane on the west side of the Napa Valley, is a small, superlative vineyard with low crop levels. From this enviably situated site, sheltered by the Mayacamas Mountains, comes fruit that produces exceptional, classic Zinfandels.
In 2009, the Dickerson Vineyard Zinfandel is particularly bright and fresh. An intensely perfumed bouquet displays fresh black raspberry, cedar, mint, and exotic orange that give it a Bergamot-like spice quality. The mouthfeel is big and ripe, but precise, displaying a sensation of sweetness that is nicely balanced with a tangy acidity. A long, juicy finish exhibits distinct minty mulberry flavors and a mineral driven persistence.
20 months in 100% French, 20% New
Drink between now and 7-10 years
About the Winery
Ravenswood wines are powerful personalities – down-to-earth, elegantly rustic and robust. From our flock of Single Vineyard Designate wines, as unique as the individual vineyards they’re from and the people that 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, umwimpy.
Winemaker Joel Peterson
Joel Peterson has been into wine since he was 10, when his father asked him to take tasting notes for his parents’ East Bay wine tasting group. In 1976, at the age of 29, he and business partner Reed Foster, whom he met in that group, started Ravenswood with $4,000, no vineyards and no winery. For labor, they called all their friends to help for free.
“I went through a lot of friends in the first year,” Joel says.
He’s among the men most responsible for establishing Zinfandel as a world-class grape. This winemaker is a strong advocate of terroir, the French idea of showcasing a vineyard’s distinctive climate and soils through the unique flavor of the wine produced there.
Joel Peterson is unusual in that he makes Zinfandel to age. His wines are often more tannic than the current trend for ultra-ripe fruit, and not all are at their best immediately upon release. They start to resemble aged Bordeaux about 11 years after harvest. Many reach a nice balance of aged complexity with Zin-like character about six to eight years after harvest.