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1996 Ravenswood Wood Road/Belloni Zinfandel

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ITEM 8016029 - Removed from a temperature controlled wine cellar

Bidder Amount Total
joche6 $33 $33
pafor6 $33 $0 OT
djamkaret $31 $0
Item Sold Amount Date
I8052283 1 $35 Jan 2, 2022
I8038213 1 $35 Dec 26, 2021
I8016029 1 $33 Dec 5, 2021
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92Stephen Tanzer

Lively aromas of blackberry, blackcurrant, black pepper, chocolate and game; rather Bordeaux like. Fruit of steel on the palate: flavors of black raspberry, currant and pepper boast outstanding concentration and sweetness.

90Robert M. Parker Jr. possesses explosive richness, and layers of grilled meat, blackberry and cherry liqueur-like flavors that have been heavily spiced, not to mention crammed with glycerin and extract.



Ravenswood was founded in 1976 in Sonoma Valley by Joel Peterson. Peterson is a microbiologist by training, but while doing immunology research in San Francisco in the early 1970s he began dabbling in winemaking. Because of his success with Zinfandel, he quickly became known as the godfather of Zinfandel, and single vineyard Zinfandels continue to be the estate’s flagship wines. Ravenswood owns about 15 acres of vineyards but acquires most of its grapes from a network of more than 100 northern California growers. The estate also makes Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends.


United States, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley

Russian River Valley AVA is named for the river that meanders from Mendocino County in the north until it finally runs into the Pacific Ocean north of San Francisco. The AVA is cool thanks to its proximity to the northern California coast and the river, and grape growers must learn to deal with regular fog. Nevertheless in recent decades the AVA has become one of the best in the state, meaning that its wines often earn excellent reviews and have considerable cachet. The AVA status was awarded in 1983 and today the appellation has 15,000 vineyard acres. Chardonnay is the most widely planted grape though Pinot Noir has also been very successful in recent decades. Russian River Valley Pinot Noir are known for being rich, lush and filled with concentrated fruit and berry flavors. Russian River Pinot Noirs are today considered some of the best domestic Pinot Noirs.


Red Wine, Zinfandel

Zinfandel is a black-skinned grape, but 85% of the wine produced is made into a rosy “White Zinfandel.” Red Zin is far more complex and bold, while still being light-bodied. It grows in popularity as winemakers continue to experiment with new styles and blends.