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Talty Winery Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Estate William Talty Vineyards 2009

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

This is pretty and perfumed on the nose with a little minty edge to the red berry fruit on the nose. Just so smooth and bright in the mouth, this layers fresh raspberry and plum fruit across the palate backed with a nice hint of vanilla oak. The fruit is clear and transparent, showing more of a strawberry tone on the moderately spicy, long juicy finish. 91 points 2009 Ravenswood Zinfandel Dickerson Zinfandel Napa Valley 14.5% $33 Chocolate, red cherries in alcohol and a nice lightly toasted oak top note greet the nose, all bathed in a subtle mint-framing note. This shows only medium-plus body on the palate, with a nice bit of tannin making this rather firm and supporting its core of black earth, spice and black plum skin. This is spicy and quite well balanced, popping on the back end with more tart red fruit. A firm and focused and rather severe example of Zin. 91 points

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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
89065213,802
4.50 5
03/20/2013

This is pretty and perfumed on the nose with a little minty edge to the red berry fruit on the nose. Just so smooth and bright in the mouth, this layers fresh raspberry and plum fruit across the palate backed with a nice hint of vanilla oak. The fruit is clear and transparent, showing more of a strawberry tone on the moderately spicy, long juicy finish. 91 points 2009 Ravenswood Zinfandel Dickerson Zinfandel Napa Valley 14.5% $33 Chocolate, red cherries in alcohol and a nice lightly toasted oak top note greet the nose, all bathed in a subtle mint-framing note. This shows only medium-plus body on the palate, with a nice bit of tannin making this rather firm and supporting its core of black earth, spice and black plum skin. This is spicy and quite well balanced, popping on the back end with more tart red fruit. A firm and focused and rather severe example of Zin. 91 points


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,802
4.50 5
11/02/2013

Classic Zin nose filled with fresh raspberry fruit framed by a little white chocolate, briar, pepper and a hint of bacon fat. Elegant and aromatic in the mouth, this is built on a nice base of slightly austere tannins and fine acids supporting zesty red raspberry and blackberry fruit that has a slightly herbal edge. the oak come into play on the midpalate, adding a touch of spice and leading to a firm finish that shows a little currant notes. Bright and effusive in the mouth with a little mineral edge, this is so pure and refreshing. 94pts


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Snooth User: Wencis Jude Acosta
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4.70 5
11/01/2013

Four and a half glasses




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