2012 TELDESCHI PETITE SIRAH
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The Ray Teldeschi Ranch is located in mid Dry Creek Valley,
beginning close to the valley floor and running up the hills to the east. There
are many blocks and varieties in the Teldeschi Vineyard including Zinfandel,
Syrah, and Petite Syrah. It's old vine zinfandel that we source from the
Teldeschi Vineyard, some of the oldest remaining Zinfandel in the area planted
in the 1880s.
Nestled in the heart of Dry Creek Valley, Ray Teldeschi's
meticulous vineyard has highly sought after grapes. His head pruned Zinfandel
vines date back over 115 years. Old vine field selections were taken to plant a
new section. UC Davis recognized this vineyard by archiving it in the ZAP
Heritage Zinfandel project. Ray's reputation as a remarkable farmer shows in
the fruit quality.
The vineyard follows an easterly slope up to the bench
land, one level above the valley floor, with volcanic soil that contributes a
signature spice to much of Ray's fruit. Southern exposure guarantees plenty of
sunlight and the valley's warm days followed by cool nights result in perfect
conditions for red varietals such as Zinfandel, Cabernet and Syrah. The
Teldeschi Vineyard has quintessential Dry Creek Zinfandel flavor profiles.
Ray's family immigrated to the Dry Creek Valley from the
hills of Tuscany in the early 1900s. After working vineyards for years
throughout the valley, Ray's father Mike purchased the ranch in 1947. This is
where Ray grew up, working the vines ever since high school. So if he seems at
home in the vineyards, that's because he is.
Has he learned any secrets to success over the years? Ray
claims there's no secret, no magic. "A vineyard is just a big
garden," says Ray. "Excellent soil and climate are the keys to
everything. They control the flavor." As Ray says, "The flavor is in the
soil." (That, and let's be honest, a healthy dose of Ray's green thumbs.)
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AVA: Dry Creek Valley
Blend: 95% Petite Sirah, 5% Zinfandel