2017 Once & Future Mataro, Oakley Road Vineyard, Contra Costa County, California (750 ml)

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Once & Future is the return of one of California's great winemaking maveriks—Joel Peterson. Joel started Ravenswood in 1976 with the focus of making Zinfandel from old vine parcels throughout Sonoma and Contra Costa Counties, and was the first winemaker to vineyard designate Zinfandel in California. Once & Future is a continuation of Joel's early work at Ravenswood as he's returned to many of the original vineyards he used: Oakley, Sangiacomo, and Teldeschi, while also incor- porating the famed Bedrock vineyard owned with his son Morgan Twain-Peterson and Palisades vineyard in Calistoga. Both in the vineyard and in life, Joel has definitely learned a thing or two about vintage variation and he is enormously proud of the wines he made at Ravenswood, however, after nearly 45 years in the wine business, it was time to return to his roots!

Deep garnet robe with flecks of ruby. Aromas of vanilla-laced red fruit with hints of earth and spice. The palate shows currant, rhubarb, brambly red fruit and a hint of earth. The texture graceful, showing both restraint and ease simultaneously, the finish is positively enchanting: graceful, fluid and expansive.

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