|Thousands of ZAP attendees have their photo taken with Joel Peterson|
Joel's a brilliant guy, funny and always worth talking to. Dr. Vino already found something in this interview to blog about: Ravenswood once got two ratings from the same magazine for the same wine that were 5 points different.
This is probably my favorite section:
Where would you like to be buried?
I would like to have my ashes sprinkled at Bedrock, the vineyard that I own. Nothing could be finer than to be part of the wines some day. To appear molecularly in somebody's glass of wine.
In other words, one day we can drink Joel Peterson -- and then rate him on the 100-point scale. Don't skip the tasting notes: It's an earthy yet refined number that is more graceful than it first appears. (What, you were expecting notes of mulberry and pomegranate?)
But he's only 65, and his daily glass of Champagne (preferably with popcorn) should keep him driving his Tesla for at least another decade or two. So until you can consume his essence, consume his words here.
If you want a Ravenswood recommendation, I continue to be a fan of the deceptively smooth-drinking Big River Zinfandel, which changes subtly on you the more time you spend with it. From the '09 vintage, Big River was my fave of his single-vineyard wines, which continue to be one of the best ways to learn (or teach) how much of a difference terroir makes. I also like the Old Hill, which costs more at $50, but is tremendously complex, and belongs in any conversation about the best Zins in California.
I just discovered on wine-searcher that you can buy six different vintages of Old Hill Zinfandel from the 1990s from the Duke of Bourbon wine shop in LA for $30 each. Now there's an interesting gift for a Zin fan. Ashes not included.