Original
13 Ratings
Ravenswood Big River Zinfandel

Wine Details

Vineyard

Ravenswood

Varietal

Zinfandel

Style

Red

Wine Description

(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.

Winemaker's Notes

"Led in the nose by lots of concentrated, well-ripened berry-like fruit and filled out by a full measure of caramelly oak and rich, root-beer spice, this big-bodied offering follows up with intense flavors that are similarly keyed on sweet oak and very deep fruit. Full and fleshy in feel, if a slight touch hot and roughed up by enough finishing tannin to warrant a few years of age, the wine is a convincing look at Zinfandel and stands out as one of the best from Ravenswood in some time."-Connoiss...

Expert Reviews
  • Ken's Wine Guide
    The 2005 version of this wine is much more restrained than the 2004 version. It opens with a pleasant light dark fruit bouquet. On the palate, this dark purple wine is rich, round, and concentrated...