We visited the winery for a tasting in June 2012 - our fourth tasting in 10 or so years. We had always returned for the atmosphere and especially for the wines, of course. On our last visit about 3 years ago, we had already been slightly underwhelmed with the quality of the wines, but this time round we definitely felt that Ravenswood had become the victim of their own success.
To us, the quality used to be much higher when the winery was perhaps less popular and well known. On this visit, not only was it crowded and hectic, the wines really weren't great.
Will we return on our next trip to California? Probably not. We have discovered so many excellent wines at other wineries that although Ravenswood has always been firmly on our itinerary, it is probably not compelling enough to return just for sentimental reasons.
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