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Straddling the Alexander Valley and Russian River appellations, the Big River Vineyard has the benefit of both areas: a moderating riparian influence tempers the site’s fog-free warmth, and looming Fitch Mountain, shields the vineyard from westerly winds.
When Scott and Lynn Adams got married, they organized a celebratory bike ride with friends in Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys. They instantly became interested in wine and began taking wine education classes at the University of California extension, coming to the conclusion that their favorite varietal was Zinfandel. Around the same time, Scott's father happened to mention he was in the market for vineyard property, leading Scott to scour Sonoma County for old Zinfandel vines. Most seemed the worse for wear, until he discovered a 13-acre, 100-year-old vineyard straddling the Alexander Valley and Russian River appellations. The Adamses bought the vineyard, named it Big River, and are now staunch members of the local wine community with a winery of their own. This is who Ravenswood sources the fruit from for this gorgeous Zin.
Wine SpectatorBig and ripe, focused and complex, with bold black cherry and toasty spice aromas leading to jammy flavors of raspberry, mocha and spicy licorice. Drink now through 2022. 1,008 cases made.