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2015 Ravenswood Dickerson Vineyard Zinfandel Napa Valley

2015 Ravenswood Dickerson Vineyard Zinfandel Napa Valley Image
Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Zinfandel
Appellation
Napa Valley
Acid
6.0 g/L
pH
3.5
Aging
19 months in French oak barrels, 25% new
Fermentation
Native yeast fermentation in small open-top fermenters, manual punchdowns, 8 days skin contact
Alcohol %
14.5
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Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Zinfandel
Appellation
Napa Valley
Acid
6.0 g/L
pH
3.5
Aging
19 months in French oak barrels, 25% new
Fermentation
Native yeast fermentation in small open-top fermenters, manual punchdowns, 8 days skin contact
Alcohol %
14.5
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The most elegant of the Ravenswood Single Vineyard Designate Zins, the 2015 Dickerson shows aromas of currant and raspberry with a hint of eucalyptus and dried herbs. The mouthfeel has juicy acidity with very fine tannins leading to a long, lingering finish. 100% Zinfandel
Vineyard Notes
Trees have always been an important part of Dickerson vineyard. The eucalyptus at the north end of the property imparts an inarguable influence on the wine’s flavor, but the tree that meant the most to Bill Dickerson was a 100-year-old oak. The ancient sentinel was a monument to the history of the spot and he had the image emblazoned on his own wine label. When he bought the vineyard in 1971, the old, head-pruned varieties were hardly in demand, but the elegant, focused Zinfandel made from them was so distinctive that Bill never considered replanting. He passed along his passion and knowledge of wine to his daughters, Anne and Julie. Shortly after Bill’s death, a windstorm swept through the valley. The next morning, Anne found the old oak tree that Bill had loved on the ground, toppled amid a riot of branches and foliage, marking the conclusion of an era. And yet, a new era has begun. Anne and Julie are now running the vineyard that meant so much to their father. Ravenswood has been making wine from Dickerson Vineyard since the 1980s.
93 Points

Of the ten acres at Dickerson Vineyard, on the north side of Zinfandel lane in St. Helena, four were planted in 1930; the balance was planted in 1979 and '85. For a wine grown in the center of the valley, this sustains a notably cool, shady feel, the ripeness expressed in a bright beam of red fruit. It lasts with sweet tannins, their satisfying richness touched by scents of cherry blossoms.

Wine & Spirits, June 2018
90 Points

A refined Zinfandel, balanced and well-structured, with precise cherry, white pepper and dill accents that linger elegantly. Drink now through 2028.

T.F. - Wine Spectator, June 15, 2018
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