77% Zinfandel, 14% Petite Sirah and 9% Carignane from Dry Creek Valley, California.
SRP of $35 and available for as low as $25 (Saturday Splurge). 1,400 cases produced.
From the bottle:
Bottled: June 2011
Soil: Tuscan Red Hill, Gravelly Loam
Since 1976, Ravenswood has been synonymous with spectacular single-vineyard wines crafted from distinguished, old-vine vineyards. Teldeschi is the quintessential Dry Creek old-vine vineyard which produces big, traditional Zinfandels with spicy cinnamon aromas and jammy black cherry and plum flavors
Here at The Reverse Wine Snob we're big fans of the many types of Ravenswood Zinfandel (andPetite Sirah). And while they offer several excellent Zinfandel under $20 (Napa Valley and Lodi for example) today we have a special treat in the Teldeschi Single Vineyard from Dry Creek Valley. We've spent some time in Dry Creek Valley and can say that it is home to some of the best Zin that we've ever tasted. So today we're going to splurge just a bit to try this special wine.
The 2009 Ravenswood Single Vineyard Teldeschi Zinfandel begins with a complex aroma of blackberry, mint and other herbs, violets, pepper, licorice, cedar and more. Quite simply it smells awesome. The wine tastes wonderfully rich and spicy with lots of ripe blackberry, plum, prunes and raisins as well as secondary notes of licorice, pepper and smoke. It is medium to full-bodied with a smooth and even a bit chewy texture. And if that isn't enough it gets even better the longer it's open. It finishes very long with lingering notes of dark chocolate, spice and leather. Excellent!
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.