Wine & Spirits 94 points - Ravenswood winemaker Joel Peterson has worked with Belloni Vineyard since 1991, a site planted around 1900 with an unusually high proportion of mixed blacks, particularly the red-fleshed alicante bouschet. In 2012, the vines produced the apotheosis of Russian River zin: a cool, minty aroma sets the tone, sinking through layers of refreshing blue fruit, savory sage and olive skin toward tannins that feel pulled from fissures in rock. It’s zinfandel at its most sophisticated and cool rather than sweet and obvious, a wine to lay down for a decade or more as it ages toward silky, pristine integration. (1,400 cases)
FLAVOR PROFILE: Boysenberry, blueberry, allspice, and vanilla flavors.