July 16, 2008
On our 3rd and final day in California this spring, Matt and I parted ways with Russ after a stop for sustenance at the Dry Creek General Store. Sadly, Russ had to go home and needed to get on the road before rush hour became an issue for him. After he departed, we sat around for a bit, pondering what our next stop would be, and decided it was obvious, since Teldeschi Vineyards sits right behind (and up the hill a bit) the General Store.
Teldeschi's tasting room is small, but the guy running it was extremely friendly. Like many others, he asked where we had been that day, and we told him Bella and barrel tasting at David Coffaro. He immediately said he couldn't be outdone by a barrel tasting there and whisked us into the back to taste from his barrels! There, we tasted what is arguable my favorite wine from the entire trip. I signed up for the Teldeschi email list just so I could know when it comes out and scoop it up.
2007 Grenache: (Barrel sample). Very aromatic, bananas, berries, plums, blueberries, fabulous wine, I can't wait to buy it.
2005 Cabernet Sauvignon: (Barrel sample). Nice red fruit, berries, spice, tannic.
1996 Zinfandel: Dark berry fruit, spice, cherry, smooth.
1998 Terranena: $22. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane, Valdigue blend. Peppery, black fruit, floral.
1999 Petite Sirah: $32. Blueberry, cassis, vanilla, licorice, yum.
2004 Syrah: $32. Dark, rich fruit, velvety, blackberry. Yum. We took home 2 bottles.
We also took home a bottle of the 2000 Petite Sirah, which we did not taste, but our host told us I would like it even more than the 1999, so I took his word for it. One of the more unique things about Teldeschi's tasting room is the way they store their sample bottles. Each time wine is gone from the bottle, they transfer it to a smaller bottle, all the way down to a tiny itty bitty glass medicine bottle. I've never seen anything like it! I very much look forward to the release of the Grenache and will definitely return to Teldeschi.
The picture at the top is me squinting into the sun in front of some vines at Teldeschi.