2014 Petite Sirah, Teldeschi Vineyard
Nestled in the heart of Dry Creek Valley, Ray Teldeschi's meticulous vineyard grows highly sought after grapes. His head pruned vines date back over 115 years. Ray's 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 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 in the glass, the color of this wine signals the intense aromatics to follow. Rich blackberry preserves and licorice are married with a bouquet of cooking spices, cedar and iron. The voluptuous mouthfeel is generous—full-bodied, with big tannins, balanced by flavors of dried plum and cocoa powder. Not a timid wine, it is also surprisingly smooth and alluring.