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Talty Winery Zinfandel St. Helena Filice Connolly 2007

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

This smells really ripe, medicinal and meaty, with some jammy plum fruit and nice floral and herbal top notes. On the palate, this retains a really fresh feel, though the flavors tend towards the over-ripe with more medicinal notes and some really attractive peppery spice. Overall, the flavors lack some definition, but this is big, bold and yet well balanced, making it easy to enjoy. The finish is notably fresher than the palate, with well-defined herb and spice notes gaining length from oak rather than fruit. 86pts

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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 St. Helena Filice Connolly

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,196
3.00 5
02/07/2012

This smells really ripe, medicinal and meaty, with some jammy plum fruit and nice floral and herbal top notes. On the palate, this retains a really fresh feel, though the flavors tend towards the over-ripe with more medicinal notes and some really attractive peppery spice. Overall, the flavors lack some definition, but this is big, bold and yet well balanced, making it easy to enjoy. The finish is notably fresher than the palate, with well-defined herb and spice notes gaining length from oak rather than fruit. 86pts


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Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
3.00 5
04/23/2011

The sediment in the bottle tells me that this is hitting its peak right now. Great pomegranate and raspberry finish. Creamy red fruits on the nose.


Snooth User: Richard Foxall
2625833,012
4.50 5
09/08/2010

Usually the Filice Connolly Vineyard wine takes a little more time in the bottle. I drank the 2004 in early 2010 and it was hitting its stride. Not this time. Deep, velvety, not quite a fruit bomb but not shy. Layers of dark fruits and the brambly character we love in Zin. Some smokiness. Sure, it could get better, but not a whole lot. Unless you like drinking older wines just for the heck of it, you can open this now. You'll be happy you did, even when you're sorry it's all gone.


Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549169,810
0.00 5
01/15/2012

The nose showed cherries, prunes and reminded me more of a LBV port than a Zinfandel. The palate was velvety yet fresh with rich red candies and herbs. There appeared to be something off about this bottle and so I left it without a score.




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