JOEL PETERSON’S Besieged red blend from Sonoma County is now a fall tradition for Ravenswood. Back for its third scary season, the bottle still has the haunting label of silhouettes of ravens circling in a dark sky, and the wine itself is pretty dark and scary. But then, Peterson is the “no wimpy wines” guy also known as the godfather of Zinfandel and founding winemaker of Ravenswood. Ravens circled his vineyard for his first harvest in 1976 and brought him good luck. This dark red blend might bring you luck too.
It’s a limited release for the fall season in wide distribution.
Ravenswood Besieged Red Blend Sonoma County 2014, $15.99: This is no contrived wine even with the label. Yes, it’s dark and brooding from the near-black bottle, black label, black neck capsule and black cork to the inky-colored essence of grapes inside. It’s a blend of Petite Syrah, Carignane, Zinfandel, Syrah, Alicante Bouschet, Barbera and Mourvedre — all of which can be pretty scary by themselves but as a blend?! Flavors pop with with oak, dry dark berry fruit, black pepper spice, earthiness, deep color, length on the palate and acidity for structure. It’s a serious wine by a serious winemaker but it’s also just plain fun.
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