Teldeschi Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma ($25).
70 cases made.
Fruits coming from 120 years-old vines. Deep purple. Much better than the first bottle tasted a few months ago! At first it seemed the wine was cooked and singed with heat. But after a while in the glass, it turns into a nice wine. Red and blue berries predominant, leather, scorched earth, a hint of burnt matchstick, and caramel-y sweetness in the nose. Almost tastes like a syrah. Medium bodied. Low acidity seems to make the wine slighly flat against the backdrop of 15.5% alcohol. Tanin is silky and smooth. Goes down like water. Good, but not quite memorable.
=== / 5 (good)
Previous tasting note from February 2006
Brickish red. Seems like an amateurish effort at what's supposed to be great raw material (120 years old Teldeschi zinfandel!). Brett-y, alcoholic and very hot in the back. Not much fruit.
= / 5 (poor) in hindsight, it must be due to bottling variance.