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2006 Ravenswood - Zinfandel Belloni Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 88 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • 16 JR
  • Variety
    Zinfandel

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SKU: 57394-2006
  • Rating: 16

    Heady cassis and raspberry nose. A big wine, very ripe in its wild-berry platform, slightly jammy and packing some palate heat. Bracing acidity, however, gives it a refreshing finish. (LM)
    Author: Linda Murphy
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($35) Deep ruby. Smoky dark berry and cherry preserves on the nose, along with spicecake, roasted meat and dried rose. Quite ripe on the palate, with fleshy dark fruit flavors, chewy texture and slow-building spiciness. Packs serious flavor punch, not to mention impressive finishing cling and thrust. This needs full-flavored food.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    This is an old-school Sonoma Zinfandel that's easy to like, offering cherry, cedar and underbrush aromas and layered, nicely structured boysenberry, licorice and pepper flavors that finish with zesty tannins.
    Author: Tim Fish
  • Self | Rating: 9

    Light to medium garnet in the glass, this wine smells of freshly picked blackberries, green wood, and nutmeg. In the mouth it is velvety, with plush tannins and good acids that hold aloft flavors of blackberry, black cherry, and peeled willow bark, through to a finish that has a slightly bitter edge to it. This may soften over time.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2014
    Author: Vinography

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Zinfandel is native to Croatia but today is regarded as California’s signature variety. It is made in a range of styles, the best of which are full-bodied wines with high alcohol and aromas of red and black fruit, dried berry, cardamom, anise, smoke, and black pepper. Look to producers Turley, Martinelli, and Ridge for some of the best examples of California Zin.

Zinfandel’s full body and high alcohol require a strong dish to pair, and curries, spiced barbeque, light meats, and hard cheeses make great choices.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 17 bottles owned
  • 10 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 88
    (Out of 10 collectors)