Ravenswood Wine Sonoma Valley
No longer small, this Sonoma winery has a major focus on good to very good Zinfandel. The winery was founded in 1976 by winemaker Joel Peterson and partner Reed Foster, who have now sold a controlling interest to Constellation Brands. Vintners Blend is a good budget label, including Zinfandel, Merlot and Chardonnay. In the second tier are the County Series wines, sourced from vineyards throughout the state, including several Zinfandels.
The top wines are in the Single Vineyard-Designated series. Along with the Zinfandels offered there is an interesting meritage red, Pickberry. A further premium red Icon Mixed Blacks has also been released which is a blend of Zinfandel, Carignane, Petite Sirah and varying small amounts of other varieties. Top reds are fine cellar prospects. (DM)
To find out more about Porter Creek Vineyards and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Regional Guide to California North Coast..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines. (DM)