Talty Winery Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Estate William Talty Vineyards 2010
Same blend Huge on the nose with layered spicy oak, musky and animal scents framing the darkly brooding fruit. Rich yet light and smooth on the palate with big citrus peel herbal freshness up front, followed by dark wild cherry and blackberry fruit. This has a huge bramble berry midpalate, with hints of cocoa, some white pepper, and some ivy adding freshness. Today it’s a bit tight and angular on the finish, but it delivers huge Zinfandel flavors on a large scaled but well balanced frame. 93ptsAdd winemaker's notes
Editorial Reviews for Talty Winery Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Estate William Talty Vineyards
Same blend Huge on the nose with layered spicy oak, musky and animal scents framing the darkly brooding fruit. Rich yet light and smooth on the palate with big citrus peel herbal freshness up front, followed by dark wild cherry and blackberry fruit. This has a huge bramble berry midpalate, with hints of cocoa, some white pepper, and some ivy adding freshness. Today it’s a bit tight and angular on the finish, but it delivers huge Zinfandel flavors on a large scaled but well balanced frame. 93pts
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
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
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
This is intense with pronounced oak notes but also shows lovely, peppery blackberry fruit and a little licorice. Rich and round in the mouth with lovely dried plum, bramble and chocolate-tinged black berry fruit and a lovely base of wood spice. This is so well balanced and while not a small wine, is transparent and fresh with vivid and intense flavors. The cherry fruit pops on the back end. Moderately long finish turns gently floral and wonderfully perfumed in the mouth. Love the fruit persistence here. 92pts
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.
Excellent Russian River zin. Well balanced with medium to dark fruit, blueberry and blackberry. Medium tannins and nice layers of complexity.
The nose was intense and expressive with toasty almond, sweet spices, blackberry jam, raisins and a sour cream note that added a savory balance to all the sweetness. On the palate, it was smooth as silk yet juicy with black cherry, spices and dark chocolate. It was remarkably balanced throughout and finished long yet clean.
Tasted at the 2010 Zap wine festival and I only captured the numeric rating. I’ll have to taste again to get more detailed notes.