Ravenswood Belloni Zinfandel 2014
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Belloni is a small (7.5 acres) vineyard in Sonoma's Russian River Valley that produces precious little fruit every year. Ravenswood has been harvesting grapes from the Russian River Valley's Belloni Vineyard since 1991. Super ripe, this wine is very round and full with lots of boysenberry, blackberry, and blueberry hints to it. The nice cool climate acidity gives the wine a good balance and structure. Enjoy it's long, elegant, spicy finish that fills the palate beautifully. A field blend of Zinfandel, Alicante Bouschet, Carignan and Petite Sirah.
California native Joel Peterson is legendary in the world of American Zinfandel. Educated as a clinical laboratory scientist with a degree in microbiology, Joel was working full-time in cancer immunology research in San Francisco and dabbling with wine on the side more as a hobby and lifelong wine lover. He made two single-vineyard Zins under his new ‘Ravenswood’ label from the 1976 vintage and kept ‘dabbling’ with wine on the side while he kept his day jobs, until taking the final plunge into the wine business full-time in 1992.
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley|
Wine EnthusiastThis is a peppery, plummy wine with plenty of grip on the palate. Structured and meaty, it rides its ripeness with ease, showing a taste of vanilla soda on the finish. Mixed black grapes account for 25% of the whole and originate from vines planted around 1900.