Not long after Cris and Lorna graduated, they got married, moved to San Francisco, and had a couple of kids. In the Haight-Ashbury, where they first lived, it was the Summer of Love. But all Cris and Lorna knew was that they hated the fog that blew in from the Pacifi c Ocean each day. Exploring north of the Golden Gate for a sunnier spot, they found a place on the north side of Sonoma Mountain and began spending weekends there in a trailer, building a cabin and picking blackberries. Before long, their two toddlers started calling it “the pick berry place.” Since Cris was a home winemaker, they decided to plant Chardonnay grapes and, because Cris had a weakness for Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot also. When the vines started producing, Cris and Lorna got a call from a local vintner, Joel Peterson, who knew that good Cabernet came from the north side of Sonoma Mountain. Ravenswood’s first “Pickberry” wine was called “one of the most important wines of the vintage” by Wilfred Wong and received a 90+ rating from Robert M. Parker Jr. Pickberry has become one of Ravenswood’s most prestigious wines.
Located on the north side of Sonoma Mountain, the Pickberry Vineyard has a trellising system that spreads out the crop and keeps the clusters small. The grapes, grown in shallow rugged soil, have enormous intensity, complexity, and concentration.
Scents of dark cherry, dark berry, plum, mocha and vanilla aromas. Followed by intoxicating flavors of black plum, cassis, currants, spice and toast.