An email this morning highlighting the latest offerings from Joel Peterson’s Once & Future Zinfandels. I know there are some fans amongst members here, so highlighting the available 2018 vintage…
Known quite rightly as ‘The Godfather of Zin’, Joel Peterson is a living legend of California winemaking. With his days at the famous Ravenswood Winery behind him, the Once and Future wines are now his passion.
These are among California’s most talked-about wines for a reason. We are very proud to have first launched them in the UK two years ago, and the 2018s should not be missed.
Extraordinary wines from extraordinary vines
Working with vineyards and friends Joel has known over his entire career, his Once and Future portfolio shows off some of California’s oldest and most exciting sites – most of them are over 100 years old.
Joel believes zinfandel can show site-specific terroir ‘as acurately as any pinot or nebbiolo’. To prove it, he went back to basics in the winery, resurrected his old redwood vats first used when he was starting out, and set about nurturing these low yields of complex and intense fruit. The results are vibrant and intense in their youth, as Joel famously said, he’d never make a ‘wimpy wine’ and all will age beautifully if you can resist them.