Talty Vineyards and Winery
2009 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
California: Dry Creek Valley (Sonoma)
And the winner is...
Named 2011 Winery of the year by wine critic, Gregory Del Paz, we are very excited to welcome to our pages for the first time, Talty Vineyards.
Warning: Today’s extraordinary wine will sell out.
VERY highly recommended, today’s 2009 Talty Vineyards Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel really captivated our entire tasting panel. The light color of the wine did not prepare us for the delight that our other senses were soon to enjoy. This wine is aromatic, elegant on the palate and absolutely bursting with delicious flavors. The light ruby hues, uncommon for a Zin, really had no bearing on the bold juiciness of the wine.
Act quickly, dear Operative, once this wine is gone… it’ll be gone forever.
Pretty and delicate with lighter coloration than one would expect from a Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel. Light ruby hues are inviting and intriguing.
Juicy and fragrant with a bold rush of fruit and spice. Bing cherry and raspberry meld with red currant, roadside chestnut, black pepper and flint.
Delicious, bold and balanced with juicy raspberry, alpine strawberry, baked red apple, crushed black currents. Under these, flint, dried fall leaves, subtle spice and black pepper make a soft appearance.
Mouthwatering, bright and juicy, this wine has a very long and very luscious and ultra-balanced finished.
Pair this stunning, food-friendly wine with a juicy grilled steak or a roasted, herb-rubbed pork loin.
What the Winery Says
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
About the 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 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.