2016 Petite Sirah, Teldeschi Vineyard
Nestled in the heart of Dry Creek Valley, Ray Teldeschi's meticulous vineyard grows highly sought after grapes. His reputation as a remarkable farmer shows in the fruit quality. The vineyard follows an easterly slope up to the bench land, one level above the valley floor, with volcanic boomer series soil that contributes a signature spice to much of Ray's fruit. Southern exposure guarantees plenty of sunlight and the valley's warm days followed by cool nights result in perfect conditions for red varietals such as Petite Sirah.
Dark and inky, the color of this wine delivers on the promise of the intense aromatics to follow. Blueberry, blackberry and black plum scents are balanced by notes of crushed cocoa nib, vanilla, chestnut and a bit of dried herb. The palate is luxurious — firm yet intriguingly smooth tannins contribute to its great texture. Flavors of muddled raspberry and blueberry are complemented by cacao and cardamom leading to a refined, mouth-filling finish.