Talty Vineyards and Winery
Zinfandel • Dwight Family Vineyard
California: Dry Creek Valley (Sonoma)
An extraordinary follow up to our first Talty showing, which sold in record numbers, today’s Talty 2009 Dwight Family Vineyard Zinfandel is a truly exceptional wine. We offer you this wonderfully balanced Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel with our heartiest recommendation.
Delicious from first sip to the very last drop, this wonderful wine proves that Zinfandel can be balanced and elegant without sacrificing the intensity that Zin-lovers look for in a Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel.
We adore Talty’s Zinfandels and we cannot wait to enjoy a few bottles with a good friends and a fine meal.
Deep ruby red with a beautiful translucent overall look.
Lovely and balanced with briar patch, stewed plum, Bing cherry, cherry wood, and sweet tea with sweet spice of cinnamon and clove.
Mixed berry compote with bright cherry juice, red plum skin, young raspberry, cedar, subtle savory spice and subtle dried mushroom.
Soft and juicy at first, then gradually drying, with fruits that slowly yield to a more earthy character.
Enjoy this elegant Zin with your favorite BBQ or a lovely braised brisket.
What the Winery Says
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.
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.