Del Carlo Winery
2012 Old Vine Zinfandel
Zinfandel •Teldeschi Vineyards Home Ranch
California: Sonoma County: Dry Creek Valley
For decades, the Teldeschi name has stood for many things. Chief among them are Zinfandel and quality.
The Teldeschi family is one of those American rarities, the multi-generational winemaking family. There aren’t very many that span the decades as do the Teldeschi’s. Their early experience in grape farming for wine dates back to the 1930s. The first vineyard they owned and farmed had its own historical roots, to a winery that was built in 1889. The Teldeschi family took over that winery and have been growing some of the most prized Zinfandel grapes in the Dry Creek Valley.
Today, the Teldeschi family tends vines that are over 100 years old. When they say old vine, they mean it!
This Del Carlo Winery 2012 Teldeschi Home Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel is a unique wine that is loaded with old vine character and quality. Fans of wines made from younger Dry Creek Valley Zin grapes are well advised to taste this wine side-by-side with another 2012. The differences will delight and educate you.
Dark garnet with a bright ruby hue at the edges.
Shy on opening, but with some air this wine springs to life. Blackberry, black cherry, plum, dusty bramble, cigar box and sweet spice give clues to what is to come on the palate.
Also subdued on pulling the cork, but the wine really opens up as you swirl it. As it opens, the wine reveals concentrated old vine characteristic dark juice of blackberry, dark raspberry, black cherry and plum. These are infused with bramble, dark spice, cocoa dust and a tasty hint of graphite.
Long, with fruit that gives way to spice and minerals.
An old vine Zin like this deserves something special… like just about anything off the springtime BBQ!
What the Winery Says
- 90% Old Vine Zinfandel
- 10% Old Clone Petite Sirah
- Dry Creek Valley
- Teldeschi Vineyards - Home Ranch
- Harvest Date
- September 27, 2012
- 0.59 gm/100ml
- 10 months in American (Pennsylvanian) oak barrels, 20% new oak - medium toast
- Bottling Date
- August 13, 2013
- 312 cases
- Release Date
- Fall 2014
- Ray Teldeschi