Old vines, Dry Creek’s soil and climate, and generations
of vineyard experience are reflected in this dark, full-bodied
wine that is still remarkably supple and elegant. It offers
lush, concentrated blackberry and red stone fruit flavors
with briary spice overtones and hints of vanilla and chocolate
on the nose, with a long, sustained and moderately tannic
Dry Creek Valley
J. Teldeschi Ranch – the grapes came from an old,
established vineyard on the east side of Dry Creek Valley,
next to a block of Zinfandel that dates to 1912. The age
of the Petite Sirah is less certain, but the gnarled, head-pruned
vines, all dry farmed, look to be from a similar era.
Yields were moderate,
and the fruit concentration benefited from a longer hang
time than the previous year. The small berries had ripe,
balanced flavor that accentuated the intense blackberry
notes characteristic of this vineyard, and the deep color
characteristic of Petite Sirah.
Petite Sirah 98%, Syrah 2%
Grapes were hand sorted and fermented in half-ton
containers for fourteen days. Underwent malolactic fermentation.