A dark and scary wine: Besieged Red Blend by Ravenswood

besiegedRAVENSWOOD produces one of the best limited edition wines of the Scary Season: Besieged, with the eerie label showing silhouettes of ravens in a dark sky circling a vineyard during winemaker Joel Peterson’s first harvest in 1976. Usually ravens signal doom, but in this case, they brought Peterson so much luck they became the emblem for his winery. For Peterson, the “No Wimpy Wines” guy, this is the fourth vintage of this special blend. Now please don’t get scared off by bold, dry, robust, Old World style flavors, but they may haunt you for awhile.

“Besieged” Red Blend Sonoma County 2014, $15.99: Bold, dry flavors just starts the discussion of this inky blend from Ravenswood, famous for its Zinfandels. The subtitle to this wine reveals more: A Blend of Old Vine California Heritage Varietals. It’s packed with earthy, Old World, old vine flavors — dark berries, dark licorice, dark chocolate, espresso coffee bean and spice. It’s a blend of Petite Sirah, Carignane, Zinfandel, Syrah, Alicante Bouschet and Barbera sourced from Sonoma County.

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