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William Talty Vineyards Zinfandel Filice Connolly Vineyards 2006

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

This is singing tonight with a nose that melds earthy notes with caramel, prune, a hint of rhubarb, briary wood notes, and a bed of blackberry fruit. Smooth and elegant on the palate with wonderful transparency. There’s still lot of cocoa, toasty oak here, but the fruit is hanging in there at the same time. Lovely purity with classically Zinfandel brambly blackberry fruit on the palate accented by coconut oak and bright red cherry, red currant notes on the back end. This is a powerful wine but the balance lends it some finesse. The finish is still a bit chunky and shows a touch more oak than fruit upon opening. 93pts

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Color: Red
Varietal: Zinfandel
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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 William Talty Vineyards Zinfandel Filice Connolly Vineyards

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,816
4.50 5
02/07/2012

This is singing tonight with a nose that melds earthy notes with caramel, prune, a hint of rhubarb, briary wood notes, and a bed of blackberry fruit. Smooth and elegant on the palate with wonderful transparency. There’s still lot of cocoa, toasty oak here, but the fruit is hanging in there at the same time. Lovely purity with classically Zinfandel brambly blackberry fruit on the palate accented by coconut oak and bright red cherry, red currant notes on the back end. This is a powerful wine but the balance lends it some finesse. The finish is still a bit chunky and shows a touch more oak than fruit upon opening. 93pts


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Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
5.00 5
03/01/2011

This is some killer Zin. Mouth watering acidity. With just a burst of luscious fruit throughout the midpalate and finish. This is a fruit bomb folks. Like a late harvest zin without the whopping alcohol and thickness. The perfect complement to baby back ribs. And the age on this '06 is phenomenal. I think I drank it at the perfect time.


Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549169,446
4.50 5
01/15/2012

The nose showed perfumed red fruits, animal musk, a hint of cotton candy and sweet spices. On the palate, it was big and dark with a massive wave of rich berries and sweet spices in a balanced and remarkably fresh expression. The finish was palate coating yet fresh.

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