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Talty Winery Zinfandel St. Helena Filice Connolly 2008

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Wow, this is just so pure, so Zinfandel. There are briar and balsamic wood tones, fresh raspberry and red currant fruit, and hints of pepper and cocoa. What more could you ask for? On the palate, this is juicy and broad but with lovely height as well. It’s mouth-filling in fact, but what really sets this is apart is the phenomenal inner moth perfume. All balsamic and wild cherry with hints of rhubarb, dried citrus peel, blackberries and hints of red currants. This is slightly tannic still, but with great balance. The finish is actually a bit tight so I wouldn’t be surprised to see this continue to improve for another 18-24 months. 94pts

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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
89065213,117
4.50 5
02/07/2012

Wow, this is just so pure, so Zinfandel. There are briar and balsamic wood tones, fresh raspberry and red currant fruit, and hints of pepper and cocoa. What more could you ask for? On the palate, this is juicy and broad but with lovely height as well. It’s mouth-filling in fact, but what really sets this is apart is the phenomenal inner moth perfume. All balsamic and wild cherry with hints of rhubarb, dried citrus peel, blackberries and hints of red currants. This is slightly tannic still, but with great balance. The finish is actually a bit tight so I wouldn’t be surprised to see this continue to improve for another 18-24 months. 94pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,117
4.50 5
01/28/2011

Spicy, fresh evergreen notes greet the nose followed by pepper, cocoa, toasted marshmallow and gorgeously pure, brambly black raspberry fruit. With air the wood spice and toast become smokier and a bit more assertive but never overpower the wonderfully varietal fruit. Rich and powerful but also fresh and transparent with a nice bed of soft tannins and succulent acidity supporting balanced, complex, spicy cocoa-tinged black raspberry fruit. The finish is long and turns a bit redder with its assertive acidity. Really beautifully balanced, not a monster but still full-throttled and intensely flavored, if decidedly acid-driven. A Zinfandel for lovers of Italian wines. And I love Italian wines. 93pts


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Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549168,751
3.50 5
01/15/2012

The nose showed mixed berries, floral perfumes, minerals and earthy stones. On the palate, it was smooth yet juicy with intense red and black fruits, brown sugar and earthy black pepper. The finish was long and fresh.

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