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2013 Ravenswood "Icon" Sonoma County Red Blend (Previously $75)

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There is simply no other winery or winemaker in history that has done more to put California Old Vine Zinfandel on the map than Ravenswood and Joel Peterson. Throughout many decades they have fought to protect some of the oldest and finest vineyards in the state. As California's "native" grape fell in and out of fashion, Joel stood as an ever present guardian of these precious vineyards as many others tore out vines in favor of more in vogue varietals. From this long commitment Joel has acquired legendary status among his peers as a guru of old vines. The "Icon" bottling from Ravenswood represents the very finest lots of fruit from the very oldest vines. Vines such as those at Old Hill Ranch planted in 1880 and Bedrock Vineyard in 1888. As with almost all pre-prohibition vineyards, grape varieties are inter-planted or mixed together within the vineyard hence why this wine is a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane and Alicante Bouchet. These ancient plantings give spectacular concentration, depth and complexity to the wine. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L Domestic Wine Buyer)

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By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/15/2020 | Send Email
Wow. I love this wine. This is a big one though. If you like Angels and Cowboys, Prisoner, Eight Years in the Desert, any Bedrock wines (I could go on....), then this is a must! With the price reduction, this is going to fly out the doors. Icon is a blend of 33% Zinfandel, 33% Petite Sirah, and smaller amounts of Carignane and Alicante Bouschet. The grapes are all old vine Sonoma fruit so the intensity is really high! But what makes this wine so good is the wonderful balance. Icon has great structure and grip, without that alcohol blast or syrupy-esque fruit-bomb taste. Dark, rich, full flavors coat the palate with blackberry, black cherry, and baking spices. The finish is velvety yet fresh. Dare I say this is an elegant wine? Oh yes, I do.

By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/9/2020 | Send Email
Looking For A Premium Red Blend without having to pay the premium price? Look no further, we got you covered with the Icon from Ravenswood. It's big, yet subtle, delicious, but not overzealous, and it will find a way into your heart, or your wine locker.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/9/2020 | Send Email
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We may have just entered a new decade but this deal is more like a price from the 1990s! Fortuitous timing and a bit of haggling has allowed us to offer this wine at a sensational price some $55 less than the winery release price! More importantly the wine is absolutely delicious a just coming into its perfect drinking window. The "Icon" is Ravenswood's top bottling that incorporates the very best fruit from some of the oldest and most coveted vineyards in Sonoma County. The vines that yielded this precious fruit were all planted before prohibition came into effect in 1920! Sources are: Old Hill Ranch (1880) Bedrock (1888) Teldeschi (1913). The wine is a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane and Alicante Bouchet. The result is a powerful, explosive mix of perfumed black and blue fruits, blackberry, cassis, scorched earth, bramble, all-spice and subtle smoky oak. The wine is full bodied and rich but not jammy. The significant structure from the Petite Sirah and Alicante give wonderful backbone and focus to the more exotic, hedonistic tendencies of the old vine Zin, the resulting balance of flavors and textures is simply spectacular. This wine is a perfect example of just how special these historic vineyards are especially in the hands of a master winemaker like Joel Peterson. This is a one time price that we're unlikely to ever repeat. We took every case we could on this one and I suggest you do the same.
Top Value! Drink from 2020 to 2030

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/8/2020 | Send Email
It has been years since I had a bottle from Ravenswood. They were always one of my favorite Zin producers back in the day and the Teldeschi was its own "Icon" wine of that era. Plus the wines aged beautifully. The actual "Icon" bottling eventually got a little out of reach for my preferred price point, so I personally stopped pursuing it. And slowly Ravenswood drifted into the background and we lost touch. Oh but times have changed! This 2013 "Icon" is pure and simple one of the most consummate California wines I have tasted in years. It has all the hallmark fleshiness and fruit that makes these old Zin, field blend styles special and it brings me right back to the day when I would go to the ZAP festivals. As a primarily French wine drinker now, this is a hypothetical Rhone in California clothing and it is exquisite. I would love to tell you to take a bottle home to try it, but there's no time for that. If you wait that long, this will be long gone. Trust me here, if you love Cali wines and you want to go back to this great old school style, grab a case. You won't regret it. This is fantastic and I'm happy to add some to my collection.

By: James Bradshaw | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/6/2020 | Send Email
I came to this wine expecting a big, burly red loaded with bold tannins and super-ripe fruit. I couldn't have been more wrong, but in the best way possible! This 2013 is all about refinement and elegance. Don't get me wrong, there's ample fruit and excellent structure, but red is so supple and smooth, one might mistake it for a Central Coast Pinot (albeit with a very different flavor profile). Clearly, its time in the bottle has worked wonders with this 2013, with it evolving into a true beauty. Based on what's in the glass (and the wine's excellent pedigree), I would have happily paid full price. Luckily, we scored a huge discount, making this a one-of-a-kind value. In its prime now, this mixed red also has the potential to age for another ten years or more. Zin fans will definitely want to add Icon to their repertoire.

By: Dejah Overby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/6/2020 | Send Email
A perfectly aged red blend with enjoyable aromas and a mouthful of grip and texture. The very fragrance of potpourri florals dried purple wild berries pulled me in, then this burst of jam and striking fruit tannins kept me wanting more. The first thought of a cheese-paring would be an Irish Cashel blue. This wine and that semi-soft, creamy Irish farmhouse cheese would be a match made in heaven.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/4/2020 | Send Email
I'm so excited when I come across winemakers who want to celebrate the old field blend vineyards instead of being eager to rip these out in favor of pricier Cabernet. These are historic and iconic vineyards and deserve to be recognized and cared for. Joel Peterson of Ravenswood is one such winemaker, as is his son Morgan of Bedrock Winery. Though the yields may be lower on these old vines, the concentration of fruit is unbelievable. There is no lack of structure to this wine, even being a 7 year-old, Zin-dominant blend. This baby could go at least another 7 years and am very tempted to hold onto one and try it out then. Dark fruits are at the forefront here, but the palate is more medium weight than heavy and viscous. You get a sense of the fruit from Zinfandel, but the Petite Sirah adds plenty of power and backbone. These old-vine field blends are becoming rarer, but are so unique and exciting for me. I'm not sure how long this vineyard will survive, so I'm stocking up on this one while I have the chance.
Top Value!

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