2017-C Once & Future Mataro, Oakley Road Vineyard, Contra Costa County, California (750ml)
A Red Cellar Trio Wine Club Selection
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. The Mataro (aka Mourvèdre) grape has been planted in California since the 1870s, mostly as an adjunct in blends that were Zinfandel dominated. Though scarce, Mataro is an exceptional standalone grape in a few places. One of those is Oakley. In the eastern rain shadow of Mount Diablo near the San Joaquin River, vines on their own roots planted in sand dune-like soils in the late 1800s and early 1900s continue to produce some of the most interesting and highly regarded Mataro in California. Fermentations take place in redwood tanks, punch down are done by hand and extended macerations are employed. In other words, this is old school winemaking at its best!