The 2008 Big River is dense reddish blue in color. Hints of fennel, oak-spiced roasted nuts and dark berries on the nose. Plummy, ripe mouth-filling flavors with a long, soft, fruit and oak-driven finish help make this wine a deeply concentrated, sappy, satisfying Zinfandel. The Big River Vineyard, planted in the stunning red manzanita soils of Alexander Valley in the early 1900s, has been exceedingly well taken care of during its long life. The excellent vineyard practices that have always been used—including crop thinning, crown suckering, and canopy management—almost guarantee a well-rounded, complex, and satisfying wine.
Since its beginning, Ravenswood has been recognized the world over for its amazing Zinfandels. Thirty years later, Ravenswood is known for all of its exceptional varietals, from the everyday Vintners Blend, to the county-specific wines in the County Series, to the top-of-the-line Single Vineyard Designates. Crafted in the traditional Old World style, Ravenswood continues to set a standard for uncompromising wines that are true to the places where the grapes are grown—nothing less, nothing more.