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 Vintage1994 Label 1 of 19 
TypeRed
ProducerRavenswood (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
VineyardPickberry
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationSonoma Mountain

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2018 (based on 1 user opinion)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Ravenswood Pickberry on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.1 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 12 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by TVB223 on 2/4/2015 & rated 90 points: 1994 Ravenswood Pickberry (63% Merlot, 21% Cab. Sauv., 16% Cab. Franc)
bottom of cork was soft but but Rabbit did the trick
Remarkably dark color for its age - more brick tones typical of older wine, but still dark
Shorter teardrop legs (13.5%)
Characteristic plummy Merlot nose
Mellow and a bit flat on the palate initially, but opening up to plum, earth and mushroom notes
Very smooth, but tannins still present
Medium finish (138 views)
 Tasted by affordableCollector on 11/25/2014 & rated 90 points: deep red, orange rim, in the color. blackberry, blueberry, spices, earth, tobacco, leather, on the nose. high acid, low-medium tannins, on the finish. (275 views)
 Tasted by BVal on 1/12/2014 & rated 85 points: Color: medium ruby -> light garnet rim. Light bouquet of berries, plum, a little ash and leather. Singed, sour cherries, a little cedar and cassis coming through before the acid and tannins take over a pretty short finish. Palate definitely showing signs of fatigue; still alive but going over the hills and far away. This didn't get better as it sat for a few hours in the decanter (checking in every half hour or so). Drink soon (like this second). (736 views)
 Tasted by dzop on 1/16/2013 & rated 90 points: After a long night of higher-priced disappointments, this saved the day as WOTN. Tannic as hell, but this has a load of plum and blackberry fruit, garrigue, chocolate, lots of acid. Not ready yet but has the fruit to stand up to the tannin. Delicious. (1541 views)
 Tasted by Rieslingfan on 1/5/2013: Ruby red color with an alluring aroma of dark red fruit, cedar, spice and herbs. The palate is bright, fruity, and has fine length. The acidity keeps the wine fresh and inviting. (1323 views)
 Tasted by cooberp on 1/4/2013 & rated 89 points: Nice, distinctive nose of signature California mint, tobacco, clearly delineated plum (reflecting the Merlot base) and an element of fig. A burnt caramel note might be oak. So tannic in the mouth that it cuts off much of the action, and I don't think there's enough fruit for this to ever fully come into balance.

A second bottle from a different source failed to impress. (1992 views)
 Tasted by dzop on 2/27/2011 & rated 92 points: Great stuff. Cassis, black cherry, thyme, mint, and vanilla. Plenty of acid and grip, rich and intense but surprisingly bright and balanced. Like an old Laurel Glen on steroids. In it's plateau now, but plenty of tannin left to soak up the years. (1892 views)
 Tasted by andtheodor on 1/11/2011: Translucent with some bricking. Dried berries, cedar, pepper, and dust on the nose. Baked tart berry palate. Sternly structured with adequate acidity and astringent tannins that clamp down on the finish. Nice enough but no real complexity or freshness and probably not going anywhere with fading fruit.

Quaint gov't warning on the back label:
"Research has reconfirmed that wine is most often used moderately and responsibly and contributes significantly to the American culture, society, and economy." (1246 views)
 Tasted by Duce on 2/9/2010 & rated 92 points: color with slight bricking, nose initially off but after 1 hour decanted nice fruit in nose, surprising complexity with long finish. Great wine, blind tasting with 8 people all rated it 90 or better (1201 views)
 Tasted by Johann Von Mastiff on 2/15/2009 & rated 89 points: Fully mature. A nice wine but not blowing me away. (1269 views)
 Tasted by mtdv on 3/9/2007 & rated 92 points: Gorgeous, ripe, juicy, and silky. A great wine, and food friendly. I'll have to try and find some more of this '94 !!! (1414 views)
 Tasted by 1800kidney on 12/12/2004 & rated 92 points: Lovely, great fruity presentation, wonderful mid palates, tannins undercontrol, quite drinkable (2278 views)

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Ravenswood

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Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.

USA

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California

California Wines (Wine Institute of California)

California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

Sonoma County

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