If you’ve visited one of our tasting rooms, it’s likely that you have seen the “Library List” near the register. This is a list of older vintages of some of our wines that are available for purchase. We hold back a few cases of each release so that our customers can buy some of these beautifully aged wines.
Successive vintages of the same wine can be very different. Since 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2012 were warm and sunny, the wines from those years tend to be fruit-forward and more intense. 2006 and 2009 were cooler, and the wines from those vintages are balanced and show great cellaring potential. 2011 had a little of everything, with a cool and wet spring, warm dry summer, and warm and wet fall.
While you might expect the majority of our older wines to be reds, we have a good selection of aged whites as well: four vintages of Chardonnay, for example, and two of our Argetsinger Vineyard Dry Riesling, among others. If you were able to attend last summer’s Vineyard Picnic, you may remember that we paired three library wines with French cheeses from Murray’s in New York City – 2007 Meritage, 2008 Pinot Noir, and 2008 Chardonnay.
You can buy some of our library wines online, and the entire library list can be purchased in the tasting rooms.
Lindsay Prichard featured Ravines’ library program in his New York Cork Report article “The Joy Of Going Vertical” last year.