Potent aromas of blackberry and black cherry drench the senses with touches of tobacco leaf, smoke, black pepper, anise and dried flowers. Framed by dusty tannins and fresh acidity, this full-bodied wine leaves velvety impressions on the palate with flavors of black cherry, vanilla, dark cocoa and herbs, and an evermore finish of bright and dark fruit and toasted oak.
Fruit was sourced from Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley, the most celebrated zinfandel region in the world. Experts identify three contributing factors that make it an ideal location for growing the thin-skinned zinfandel grape: climate, soil and heritage.
Forming the valley’s western demarcation, a tall stretch of coastal range strikes a favorable balance between inland and coastal conditions: days are warm-to-hot, nights are cool, and the sporadic fog departs mid-morning to enable long hours of sunlight. Vintners have a multi-generational, 130-year history with zinfandel, and they practice their craft like those in Burgundy — by making elegant wines from a signature red grape that helps define their legacy.
The Teldeschi family has been involved with Dry Creek Valley winegrowing since 1947. In particular, grower-winemaker Ray Teldeschi’s acumen and holistic cultural practices have earned him the “Grape Buddha” moniker. Del Carlo Vineyard, a family vineyard on the valley floor near Yoakim Bridge Road, offers gravelly alluvial soils and a meso-climate with optimum warmth and dryness. Planted in 1998 and later trained to bilateral cordons, the five-acre parcel produces wines with power and grace.