2009 Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel
Zinfandel •Teldeschi Vineyard
Dry Creek Valley
Today’s exquisite Ravenswood Zinfandel comes to us from our favorite of all of their vineyards. And, while previous vintages have really impressed us, this 2009 Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel really blew us away.
With deep aromatics and beautifully balanced flavors, this wine is pack with character. The plush feel of the wine had our tasting panel taking large gulps - and holding them in our mouths, allowing flavors to permeate the far corners of the palate.
Although the wine is delicious, right on opening, the more you swirl it the more it comes alive. Fine-grained tannins, also enhanced by swirling, give the wine a wonderfully velvety feel.
For a relatively young wine, it drinks just beautifully. It will only get better with age. Today’s special single vineyard Zin, from our dear friends at Ravenswood, gets our very hearty recommendation.
Deep, dark magenta with a deep core of dark purple. At the edge of the glass, a band of beautiful ruby encircles the glass. After swirling, tall, skinny, wine-stained tears emerge quickly, before running swiftly down the glass.
Lush and fragrant, with an initial rush of blueberry, blackberry, black cherry and smoky Bing cherry. These are followed by aromas of blackberry bramble, espresso bean, sweet tobacco leaf, sweetwood, cracked pepper, candied apple and a hint of eucalyptus.
Deep and dark with delicious black cherry, blackberry, blueberry jam, sweet spice and plum. After some swirling, the wine comes alive, revealing additional flavors of sweet tobacco leaf, supple leather, elderberry, cassis, raspberry liquor and hints of slate and black pepper.
Very long and velvet-smooth. Long sustaining black fruit gradually yields to earthy flavors, spice, slate minerals and cracked pepper at the very end.
What the Winery Says
“Powerful aromas of blackberry compote, smoky herbs, potpourri and olive, with a lively mineral undertone; smells like syrah. Then lush and creamy in texture, offering broad dark berry, cherry-cola, violet pastille and smoky mineral flavors. Closes with a fine dusting of tannins, excellent clarity and alluring sweetness.” ~ Stephen Tanzer
COMPOSITION: 77% Zinfandel, 14% Petite Sirah, 9% Carignane
APPELLATION: Dry Creek Valley
AGING: 20 months in 100% French oak; 35% new oak
SKIN CONTACT: 10–15 days
TA: 6.7 g/L
PRODUCTION: 1,400 cases
AGEABILITY: Drink between now and 7–10 years
About the Winery
Ravenswood wines are powerful personalities – down-to-earth, elegantly rustic and robust. From our flock of Single Vineyard Designate wines, as unique as the individual vineyards they’re from and the people that farm them, to the County Series wines that capture the spirit of California’s best growing regions and the popular Vintners Blend bottlings sourced from vineyards throughout California, we strive to put what we pick from the fields right into the bottle. Unadulterated, unapologetic, unfussy, umwimpy.
Winemaker Joel Peterson
Joel Peterson has been into wine since he was 10, when his father asked him to take tasting notes for his parents’ East Bay wine tasting group. In 1976, at the age of 29, he and business partner Reed Foster, whom he met in that group, started Ravenswood with $4,000, no vineyards and no winery. For labor, they called all their friends to help for free.
“I went through a lot of friends in the first year,” Joel says.
He’s among the men most responsible for establishing Zinfandel as a world-class grape. This winemaker is a strong advocate of terroir, the French idea of showcasing a vineyard’s distinctive climate and soils through the unique flavor of the wine produced there.
Joel Peterson is unusual in that he makes Zinfandel to age. His wines are often more tannic than the current trend for ultra-ripe fruit, and not all are at their best immediately upon release. They start to resemble aged Bordeaux about 11 years after harvest. Many reach a nice balance of aged complexity with Zin-like character about six to eight years after harvest.