2014 Single Vineyard Teldeschi Zinfandel
Zinfandel •Teldeschi Vineyard
California: Sonoma County: Dry Creek Valley
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Hooray! We got our hands on the only available cases of today’s 95 point Ravenswood Winery 2014 Single Vineyard Teldeschi Zinfandel.
This wine is stupendous. This is one aromatic, dense and delicious wine that we just can’t get enough of. Delicous on opening, even better after some decanting.
Today’s wine is very fragrant, with a nose full of raspberry, blueberry, black cherry, mocha, cassis, hard leather, bramble, spice and cracked pepper.
The palate is darker and more flavorful than the lush, dark nose telegraphs. Black cherry, young blackberry, cedar, spice box, cigar, dusty bramble, cocoa dust and cracked pepper.
Agent Red once asked Joel what his winemaking philosophy was. His answer: “Wines should reflect the flavors of the places that they were grown. Wine should taste like fruit, not oak. Wine should be balanced, rich and complex and interesting. The best wines are the ones that develop well with age.”
“To that end we attempt to let each vineyard express it’s optimal character by using winemaking techniques and careful attention to detail that dwells on each vineyards particular strengths. Our mantra is “no wimpy wines”, meaning that we want each wine we have to exhibit strength of character, not merely power.”
Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley is a treasure trove of great wines. While The Wine Spies have been trying to keep Agent Red from acquiring too many wines from the region, he persists. We do indulge him, for the wines he has returned with of late are, quite simply, remarkable. Today’s wine is the winner of several 90+ point scores and we predict that it will be our best-selling Zinfandel of the year!
Zinfandel is related to the Italian Primitivo grape, tracing its origin to the Croatian grape Crljenak Kastelanski. Zinfandel is one of the most versatile varietals with the ability to make wines both rich to fruity, dark to light, and dry to sweet. Sonoma Valley Old Vine Zinfandels, which are characterized by their refinement and balance, are extraordinarily popular with our Operatives.
We grabbed up every case that we could, but once it runs out, there is no more.
Here’s what the wine press has to say:
95 Points - The Tasting Panel - “Wild berry, coffee and earth define the perfume arising from this single vineyard Zinfandel, which also blends in 19% Petite Sirah and 5% Carignane. Aged for 19 months in French oak, and boasting an abv of 15.1%, this inky black wine is a zinphony of taste and texture. Creamy blackberry and anise adds weight and coats the tongue, while dark chocolate melts on a black pepper path.”
Darkest, brilliant ruby red, through and through. Settles quickly after a hearty swirl, giving clues to the weightiness of the wine.
Raspberry, blueberry, black cherry, mocha, cassis, hard leather, bramble, spice and cracked pepper.
Black cherry, young blackberry, cedar, spice box, cigar, dusty bramble, cocoa dust and cracked pepper.
Fruits settle onto the tongue, then tail off to reveal spice, cocoa and cracked pepper components. After a spell, a dryness spreads across the palate, reminding you to take another generous sip.
Enjoy with your favorite BBQ or just about any grilled beef. For an exotic treat, this wine would be wonderful with Javanese Beef Rolls!
What the Winery Says
- Joel Peterson
- 75.7% Zinfandel
- 19.4% Petite Sirah
- 4.9% Carignane.
- Dry Creek Valley
- 6.56 g/L
- 19 months
- 30% new
- 4,000 cases