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Talty Winery Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Estate William Talty Vineyards 2008

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

This is wonderfully expressive and varietal on the nose and while there’s an obvious oak presence, it supports the floral, lightly herbal and wonderfully fresh wild berry notes perfectly. A little light on entry though with perfect balance, the brambly blackberry and raspberry fruit really pops on the mid-palate. This shows more obvious oak and vanilla than the 2007. This maintains a really lovely herbal component on the palate that balances the toasty oak and keeps the cherry fruit perfectly centered. This really exhibits wonderful purity and fruit persistence on the long, palate staining finish. 93pts

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Talty Vineyards & Winery:
The Talty story starts years ago with my father, William Talty. He was the first to introduce me to "Zinfandel Country", and it was with him that I learned and practiced the fine art of winemaking. It had always been our dream to own a winery; unfortunately, we were unable to bring that dream to fruition prior to his unexpected death in 1993. My family and I bought our vineyard in 1997 and name... Read more
The Talty story starts years ago with my father, William Talty. He was the first to introduce me to "Zinfandel Country", and it was with him that I learned and practiced the fine art of winemaking. It had always been our dream to own a winery; unfortunately, we were unable to bring that dream to fruition prior to his unexpected death in 1993. My family and I bought our vineyard in 1997 and named it in his honor. The Estate wine of the Talty Winery comes from dry-farmed grapes grown on our own six-acre vineyard in Sonoma's Dry Creek Valley. For over one hundred years, the Dry Creek Valley has been home to thousands of acres of cultivated land, five hundred of which are solely Zinfandel grapes. Although Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot grapes can be seen trellised all over the valley, the abundance and quality of the valley's Zinfandel grapes has led most to consider the Dry Creek Valley, "Zinfandel Country". As was my father's way, each Talty Zinfandel is truely handcrafted, from vine to wine. Our dry-farmed and head-pruned vines purposely produce a very small crop — approximately two tons per acre. This ensures the intensity and concentration of the fruit from the very start. Once picked, our grapes are fermented by their own natural yeast in small, open-top bins. They are punched down five times per day for the best flavor and color extraction. Our wines are available through our mailing list, at the winery, or at a handful of selected local fine wine retailers. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Talty Winery Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Estate William Talty Vineyards

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,185
4.50 5
02/07/2012

This is wonderfully expressive and varietal on the nose and while there’s an obvious oak presence, it supports the floral, lightly herbal and wonderfully fresh wild berry notes perfectly. A little light on entry though with perfect balance, the brambly blackberry and raspberry fruit really pops on the mid-palate. This shows more obvious oak and vanilla than the 2007. This maintains a really lovely herbal component on the palate that balances the toasty oak and keeps the cherry fruit perfectly centered. This really exhibits wonderful purity and fruit persistence on the long, palate staining finish. 93pts


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Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549181,712
3.50 5
01/15/2012

The nose was more restrained than the ’05 and ’07, yet still highly enjoyable with blackberry, floral notes and black pepper. On the palate, it was juicy with red berries, black currant, spicy vanillin, and herbs. The finish was palate coating, yet fresh with notes of sour red berries.



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