In 2009 we had the chance to get some second crop grapes from a 1912 block of Dry Creek
Valley Zinfandel. The result was a wine that echoes the more restrained, elegant Zins of the 1990s. It has the violet and berry fruit
aromas characteristic of this vineyard, with layers of raspberry
and spice in a lighter, subtler style than is prevalent today. Delicious now, this wine will also
reward additional time in the bottle.
Dry Creek Valley (Sonoma County)
J. Teldeschi Ranch, located on the east side of Dry Creek
Valley, from well established head-pruned vines. These grapes came from a block planted in 1912.
The second crop in 2009 was able to hang until early November, giving the grapes time to develop without the high sugars common today. The grapes displayed their usual mature flavors
and concentration from this classic old vine block.
Zinfandel - 98%, Petite Sirah - 2%, both from J. Teldeschi
Grapes were hand-sorted at the crusher
and fermented in half-ton containers for ten days. Underwent