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The 2013 Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel is the quintessential Dry Creek Valley Zin: inky black color, aromas of blue fruits, blackberry, licorice, dark chocolate, and black pepper. The weight and structure are nothing short of extraordinary. The finish is lengthy and enjoyable.
Blend: 79% Zinfandel, 12% Carignane, 8% Petite Sirah
"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." -Rated 94, Wine and Spirits Magazine
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