2010 Talty Estate Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley
The 2010 vintage will go down in my history as one of the toughest vintages
for me. After about 6-7 weeks of fog every morning which resulted in very
mild vineyard temperatures, a 4-day heat wave topping at 112 degrees hit
about mid-August and destroyed about 65% of the grapes on the vines. The
result was a very intense and concentrated wine, but not much of it as only
380 cases were produced.
Tasting Notes: 7% Petite Sirah, 3% Carignane, 90% Zinfandel. Beautiful
ruby/purple color. The nose is typical of a below average yielding vintage,
exuding deep concentrated dark cherries, black fresh currants, and black
raspberries. In the background a hint of plum and vanilla. Finishing with
supple, soft tannins, with hints of coffee mocha, and vibrant balanced
acidity that takes this wine to the depths of your palate. ENJOY!
2010 Zinfandel - Dwight Family Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley
This is the youngest of the three vineyards I work with. Every year we are impressed by how much progress this vineyard makes, which is credited to Herb Dwight. Herb’s mission is to grow world class Zinfandel and we are here to let his fruit express itself in the bottle. As the winemaker, I was very successful with the 2010 vintage by co-fermenting the Petite Sirah addition instead of just blending as in prior vintages. The resulting wine is richer and more complex than any prior bottling from this vineyard. I hope you enjoy it and I look forward to seeing where this vineyard will go next!
Tasting Notes: 95% Zinfandel, 5% Petite Sirah aged in a blend of 75% American oak and 25% French oak barrels. In the nose, this new Zinfandel has spice, sage, and bursting Bing cherries. On the palate, big pure juicy fruit of black raspberries and Bing cherries, with spice, well integrated vanilla oak, fresh honey, and finishing with coco and freshly roasted coffee undertones with perfect balance that lets this fruit shine!
243 cases produced
2009 Talty Estate Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley
Our Estate Zinfandel comes from our own six acre, 48 year old head-pruned and dry-farmed vineyard in the heart of Dry Creek Valley. Our goal each year is to drop fruit production in the vineyard to about 2- 2.5 tons of fruit per acre.
Tasting Notes: 7% Petite Sirah, 3% Carignane, and 90% Zinfandel. Spice and pepper on the nose, topped by crushed black currants and raspberry fruit with notes of toasty cedar oak, spice, and vibrantly focused floral scents. Balanced and mouth watering in the mouth with bright acidity and lovely, soft tannins supporting notably fresh red cherries, black currants, and hints of white pepper finishing long and lingering on the palate.
809 cases produced
2009 Zinfandel - Filice Connolly Vineyard, NapaValley
It was always going to be tough for the 2009 vintage, following on from our 93pt. 2008 Filice Connolly Zinfandel. Incredibly however, this small Napa vineyard has managed to upstage itself again. I think it will be very tough for our tasters at the winery to pronounce a favorite between these two excellent vintages. If anything the 2009 vintage was a slightly more favorable growing season, which enabled us to pick at optimal ripeness, but I am going to stay out of this one. I will let you pick your favorite!
Tasting Notes: 100% Zinfandel aged in 100% American oak barrels. Spicy, fresh dark currants indulge the nose, followed by black pepper, cocoa, toasted oak, and brambly black raspberry fruit. With air, the wood spice and toast become more apparent but never overpower the wonderfully juicy varietal fruit. Rich and powerful, finishing with big fresh balanced, complex, spicy, black raspberry fruit.
289 cases produced.
2009 Zinfandel - Dwight Family Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley
This is the youngest of the three vineyards we work with. Every year we are impressed by how much progress this vineyard makes, which is credited to Herb Dwight. Herb’s mission is to grow world class Zinfandel and we are here to let his fruit express itself in the bottle. 2009 was no exception, the near perfect growing season allowed this little vineyard to produce truly gorgeous fruit and we are extremely happy that we managed to capture it all in the bottle. This is the best bottling from the Dwight Family yet. We hope you enjoy it and we look forward to seeing where this vineyard will go next!
Tasting Notes: 95% Zinfandel, 5% Petite Sirah aged in a blend of 75% American oak and 25% French oak barrels. In the nose, this new Zinfandel has red currants, violets, sage, and toasted spice. On the palate, big pure juicy fruit, soft tannins, with spice, vanilla toasted oak and perfect balance that lets this fruit shine!
312 cases produced.
The Talty winemaking
philosophy is simple: wine is made in the vineyard. Our single-vineyard designation
and that critical balance between winemaker and vine make our Estate Zinfandel so
special. Great care goes into every growing season, and using the natural yeast of
our own vineyard to ferment the Zinfandel maintains the uniqueness of our special
viticultural area. This is what makes our wines such a wonderful
Although we have been making our wines for
more than a decade, this commercial venture is representative of our wine-making
dream come true: a handcrafted, velvety-smooth, rich, full-bodied Estate Zinfandel
from the fruit of our vines. This Zinfandel has been fermented and aged under our own
watchful gaze truly the winemaker growing with the vine!
Estate wines of the Talty Winery come from dry-farmed grapes grown on our
own six-acre vineyard in Sonoma's Dry Creek Valley. As was my
father's way, each Talty Zinfandel is truly 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