If vines could talk, the old-vine zinfandel in Ray Teldeschi’s 26-acre vineyard on the east side of Dry Creek Valley could weave quite a tale. Paperwork shows that the bench plot was planted in 1915, but local folklore suggests it dates back farther than that, to the 1880s. Save for annual trimming and thinning, the vines have remained relatively untouched ever since. All the while, the gnarled wonders have sent roots deeper and deeper into the clay soil, building the foundation for longevity.
Ray, who’s almost 70, has farmed the vineyard for the better part of about 65 years—pretty much all his life. His father taught him how to care for old vines, about the perils of frost. The meticulous care of these vines, as passed down through five generations of the Teldeschi family, is evident in the outstanding fruit delivered at harvest.
These days, the Teldeschis set aside for the Krecks the best of the fruit they grow: a few blocks from the 7-acre plot on which all the old vines sit. Clusters from these vines are relatively small; the fruit is dark. The wine, in turn, is light in color but dense in fresh fruit and classic zinfandel spice. Ray likes to say the wine tells the story of grapes that have learned how to “tough out” life over time. That story continues to unfold.
Teldeschi Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel
APPELLATION Dry Creek Valley
HARVEST DATE September 29, 2017
BARREL AGING 25% new French oak for 15 months
T.A 6.4 g/L
BOTTLING DATE February 25, 2019
CASES PRODUCED 53 cases
EXPECTED RELEASE DATE Late August 2019
Aromas of ripe raspberry and strawberry dominate a nose laced with vanilla and a touch of cocoa. The wine is bright and lush with a full mid-palate and ample acidity. Flavors are of classic zinfandel spice with defined and focused fruit.
92 pts ”Teldeschi Vineyard is the source of a good many first-rate Zinfandels, and its virtues of are on full display in this very rich and well-balanced, beautifully tailored wine.”
- Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine