A slight disappointment but only by the very high standard of Ravenswood in the Peterson era. This wine probably peaked 3-5 years ago, as the fruit has now started to dry up. Typical high alcohol but still balanced. At this point, the remaining fruit is clearly on the jammy, cooked side. The acidity stills keeps it fairly lively. The characteristic eucalyptus aroma of the Dickerson vineyard is still there and I have no doubt this would have been even more enjoyable a few years ago.
Lovely clear cherry red with a definite brick garnet rim. Nose is a little dissapointing, little fruit, obviously mature with more woody, even vegetal notes, not offputting but...Palate is excellent though, soft and dry with sweet blackberry and raspberry fruit, nicely balanced by juicy acidity and a soft dry finish. Tannins are pretty much gone. This was a lovely wine let down only by the nose.
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