(From 2011 Vintage) Straddling the Alexander Valley and Russian River appellations, the spot seems to have the benefit of both: 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.
A relative newcomer to the Ravenswood stable (the 1994 vintage was our first, adorned with the Sonoma Sesquicentennial label), this vineyard in the Alexander valley region of Sonoma County yields Zinfandel fruit with classic rich, ripe berry flavors and peppery spice. Produced in typical Ravenswood fashion (natural yeast fermentation with the cap punched down by hand 3-5 times daily and aged 16+ months in French oak) this wine is certainly big in flavor and texture, but the bright, racey acidity ...