1999 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

  Zinfandel, Ray Teldeschi Ranch
  Petite Sirah, Del Carlo Ranch

pH: 3.68
T.A.: 0.605 g/100mL
Alcohol: 15.4%
Cases Produced: 91

The century-old vines at our Dry Creek Valley source produced their lowest yields ever in 1999. However, with a cool fall, the grapes were allowed to hang longer than usual, retaining wonderful acidity and tannin. As last year, the petite was co-fermented with the zinfandel. Bottled unfined and unfiltered after 16 months aging.

Tasting Note: Medium dark ruby with aromas of cherry, vanilla, rose, and a slight toast. Perhaps even an element of tar as in a Barolo or Barberesco. On the palate, the wine performs an incredible balancing act between power and grace. Think Nuryev or Baryshnikov. 15.4% alcohol has never been so light on its feet. We suspect this wine will age well, drinking best 3 to 7 years from vintage date. Classic Dry Creek Valley zinfandel! (MRO - 11/17/00 )

Suggested Retail: $28.50 - Sold Out
Release Date: Spring 2001




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