Meet Joel Peterson

20 Feb Meet Joel Peterson

Saturday, February 22
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space

You read that correctly! We will be opening bottles of Ravenswood from the 80s and 90s in addition to sampling Joel’s new wines from the Once and Future winery. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to taste a lifetime’s worth of work with a true icon. Please note we one have ONE SAMPLE BOTTLE of the back vintages so come early as they’ll run out quickly!

Joel Peterson started Ravenswood in 1976 to focus on his love of Zinfandel. He planned to make single vineyard wines in a somewhat gothic, old world style. He wanted to make wine similar to that made in Europe but with a Californian twist–small open topped redwood fermenters, hand punch downs, extended macerations, native yeast, gentle transfer, minimal processing and small French oak aging – all done by hand. While proud of his Ravenswood legacy, Joel Peterson has decided after nearly 45 years in the wine business to return to his roots!

Once & Future is the return to the original vision Joel had for Ravenswood so many years ago – a small project specializing in wines from unique, older vineyards, made with a sensitivity to place and in a style that he personally loves and believes in. Once & Future are wines that force Joel to dust off the old redwood vats and get out a new punch down tool (his original one is in the Smithsonian). Once & Future are wines that dye his hands a harvest shade of black/purple and sometimes force him to take an additional Ibuprofen in the morning. In short – Once & Future are wines of sweat, commitment, and love.
Winery Notes

The Library Table
One sample bottle and sorry these are not for sale!
1986 Ravenswood Zinfandel “Old Ranch Hill Vineyard”
1994 Ravenswood Zinfandel “Monte Rosso Vineyard”
1994 Ravenswood Zinfandel “Old Ranch Hill Vineyard”
1999 Ravenswood Zinfandel “Teldeschi Vineyard”
1999 Ravenswood Zinfandel “Barricia (Bedrock) Vineyard”

The Once & Future Table
2016 Once & Future Oakley Road Vineyard Zinfandel, Contra Costa County AVA (92 points Antonio Galloni)
2017 Once & Future Frank’s Block Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley AVA (94 points Antonio Galloni)
2017 Once & Future Oakley Road Vineyard Mataro, Contra Costa County AVA (91 points Wine Advocate)
2016 Once & Future Palisades Vineyard Petite Sirah, Calistoga AVA (95 points Wine Advocate)

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