Ravenswood Winery has humble origins, beginning in 1976. This was the year Joel Peterson harvested his first crop of Zinfandel. Not from his own vines, however, Joel consistently sourced grapes from vineyards in Sonoma County and Napa Valley. At first it wasn't by choice, he simply couldn't afford to buy land. Now, steadfast relationships have delivered a successful formula. As the old saying goes...if it ain't broke...For over two decades, Peterson's full-flavored Zinfandels -- 'No Wimpy Wines' is Ravenswood's motto -- displayed an admirable consistency, and have continued to do so, even after the sale of the operation to Constellation in 2001. Before he left, Peterson initiated the bottling of vineyard-designated Zins. Ravenswood's best offerings are all of this variety, with Old Hill Ranch at the top. Value is consistently good here, but the most bang for your buck comes with the Vintner's Blend, a reliably supple, fruity wine at a remarkably low price.