In previous vintages, we’ve always preferred our Dry Creek Zinfandel with a healthy dose of Petite Sirah, anything from 18 to 25 percent. However, in 2003, Ray Teldeschi’s 118 year-old vines produced such incredible Zinfandel that when in came time to doing blending trials, we found we preferred just a splash of Petite, 5% to be exact. Aged in all French oak, 30% new, for 16 months.
Medium-dark ruby. Fragrant aromas of red cherries, rhubarb, iron, vanilla, and freshly tilled, loamy earth. Reflects the Dry Creek terroir perfectly. On the palate, rich, full-bodied, with flavors echoing the aromas on the finish. Enjoy this lusty wine from late 2005 through 2008. (MRO - 3/3/05)