2014 Big River Single Vineyard Alexander Valley Zinfandel
Zinfandel •Big River Vineyard
California: Sonoma County: Alexander Valley
Today’s 92 point (The Tasting Panel) Ravenswood Winery 2014 Big River Single Vineyard Alexander Valley Zinfandel is the very first 2018 Wine Intrigue Award winner of the year. This wine beat out every other wine in its category to become our Operative’s Choice: Top Sonoma County Zinfandel of the year.
Congratulations, Ravenswood! Enjoy the savings, Operative!
Are you ready for the sort of juicy berry explosion Zin that only Ravenswood can deliver? Today’s sale of Ravenswood Winery’s 2014 Big River Single Vineyard Alexander Valley Zinfandel marks the first time that we’ve featured a wine from this special vineyard.
It’s beautiful in the glass with a garnet core of medium density which spreads out to a stunning bright crimson lip. The nose is classic Sonoma North County Zinfandel with notes of blackberry, bramble, vanilla, cedar, and allspice. The palate is explosive with a berry bombshell loaded with black cherry, red cherry, boysenberry, and blackberry and wild strawberry for good measure. Don’t forget the cigar box spice to seal the deal! The fruit is driven by a nice bright acidity while the mature tannin carries it forward for a long lasting finish. This wine would be perfectly paired with Diesmillo carne tacos - the flank steak in carne asada.
Agent Red once asked Ravenswood’s winemaker, Joel Peterson what his winemaking philosophy was. His answer: “Wines should reflect the flavors of the places that they were grown. Wine should taste like fruit, not oak. Wine should be balanced, rich, and complex and interesting. The best wines are the ones that develop well with age.”
“To that end, we attempt to let each vineyard express its optimal character by using winemaking techniques and careful attention to detail that dwells on each vineyard’s particular strengths. Our mantra is “no wimpy wines”, meaning that we want each wine we have to exhibit strength of character, not merely power.”
Thanks, Joel. We love you.
We grabbed up every last case that we could get our hands on but once we run out, we won’t be able to get any more of it.
Here’s what the wine press has to say.
92 Points - Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel - “Smooth and deep with spice and dense berry fruit; toasty, rich and balanced; long and layered.”
90 Points - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast - “From vines planted around 1893 on a high bench on the south-eastern edge of the appellation, this 100% varietal wine shows plenty of power and concentration, teasing bold cherry, cinnamon and pepper out of its substantial core.”
91 Points - Planet Grape - “Big, bold, balanced and juicy with notes of cherry, mulberry, sausage, sun dried tomato, red licorice and cocoa.”
Double Gold Medal - 2017 San Francisco Wine Competition
Garnet core of medium density which spreads out to a stunning bright crimson lip.
Blackberry, bramble, vanilla, cedar, and allspice.
Black cherry, red cherry, boysenberry and blackberry, wild strawberry, and cigar box.
Fruit driven by a nice bright acidity while the mature tannin carries it forward for a long lasting finish.
This hedonistic fruit bomb will stack up perfectly against our mouth watering slow-cooked Carolina-style Pulled Pork Sandwich.
What the Winery Says
- Joel Peterson
- 100% Zinfandel
- Alexander Valley
- Big River Vineyard
- 6.2 g/L
- around 1893
- St. George
- 500 feet
- Native yeast fermentation in small open-top fermenters
- manual punchdowns
- 11 days skin contact
- 19 months in French oak barrels, 40% new
- May 2016
- 850 cases
- Enjoy now or age up to 7-10 years