Mission Codename Benchlander
Act quickly, dear Operative! Today’s Ravenswood Winery 2013 Dry Creek Valley Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel is certain to sell out. We picked up as much as we could, but the winery is now officially sold out of this wine.
This is your last chance to get some of Ravenswood’s finest Dry Creek Valley Zin.
Super lush and full on the nose, with bold aromas that leap from the glass. Cassis, blackberry, black cherry, black licorice, coffee bean, fig, sweet spice and dried cherry.
Rich and stupendously delicious on the palate, with rich flavors of blackberry, red currant, black cherry, black licorice, pomegranate, vanilla, coffee bean, fig, black cherry chocolate liquor, sweet spice, dried cranberry, subtle graphite and a hint of black pepper.
Here’s what the wine press has to say:
94 points - Wine & Spirits Magazine - “Joel Peterson has been making wine from the Teldeschi family’s vineyard on the Dry Creek Bench since 1982. This comes from vines planted between 1900 and 1910 on red, iron-rich gravelly loam; it’s mostly zinfandel, though it gains tannic depth and dark color from petite sirah (12 percent) and alicante bouchet (seven percent) and, perhaps, a little spicy complexity from carignan (two percent).
There’s delicious suppleness to the fruit, yet its stony tannins hold a cooling mintiness underneath—a sensation that made our panel think about mountain cabernet as much as zin. The astonishing thing about this wine, aside from its structural integrity, is its sheer range of aromas, from the brightness of pomegranate seeds through anise and cassis to the earthy savor of a damp forest floor littered with black trumpet mushrooms.
It feels like a great vineyard capturing a great California vintage. Age it for another five years at least.”
Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast - “This old-vine wine contains 12% Carignane and 8% Petite Sirah, and is one of the larger of the producer’s single-vineyard offerings. Feral black fruit and fig form a core of concentrated richness before red-berry pie and vanilla come into play, finishing with a blur of toasty oak.”
What the Winery Says
2013 Dry Creek Valley Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel
- Joel Peterson
- 79% Zinfandel
- 12% Carignane
- 8% Petite Sirah
- Dry Creek Valley