Once & Future Oakley Road Vineyard Zinfandel 2019
Sometimes to source great wine, you have to follow fantastic winemakers, and Joel Peterson is just that. After his Ravenswood success, where he was the ‘godfather of zin’, he ended up deciding that he would run Once & Future as part of his retirement hobby. Borrowing space in his son’s winery and dusting off his old redwood vats, he’s only making the amount of wine that he can manage himself. Here, he’s chosen to work with a vineyard that he’s worked with for many years called Oakley Road. It’s a sand-based vineyard planted in the 1880s, and the zinfandel here is an incredible quality with tiny yields. Full of boysenberry and damson, and rich blackcurrant flavours, this is a wine that is delicious in his youth but will age brilliantly in a cellar, and will get better for at least another 10 to 20 years.