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Old Zinfandel Vine, Teldeschi Ranch

 

 

2009 ZINFANDEL

DRY CREEK VALLEY

WINEMAKER'S NOTES:
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.

APPELLATION:
Dry Creek Valley (Sonoma County)

VINEYARDS:
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.

VINTAGE:
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.

COMPOSITION:
Zinfandel - 98%, Petite Sirah - 2%, both from J. Teldeschi Ranch.

VINIFICATION:
Grapes were hand-sorted at the crusher and fermented in half-ton containers for ten days. Underwent malolactic fermentation.

Related Information
Alcohol: 13.9%
Brix at harvest: 24.6
TA: 0.63
ph: 3.60
Harvest date: 11/05/09
Production: 24 cases
Suggested Retail: $28.00

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