In Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley's grape history dates back to California's Gold Rush days. The valley is 16 miles long, two miles wide, and sustains 9,000 acres of vineyards. Many of those old vines are still around today. Talty Winery's vineyard was planted in 1963, but it was done in field blend style, as in the even older days.
Located in Healdsburg, Talty is a small production winery which produces around 1,300 cases of handcrafted Zinfandels. Michael Talty's father William loved the Dry Creek Valley and wanted to start a winery there, a dream that was never realized. Michael saw to it and named the six-acre estate in his honor. The vines are head-pruned and dry-farmed in the heart of "Zinfandel Country." The Talty wines - all Zins - are aged a year in oak and a year in the bottle.
The nose shows black cherries and currants surrounded by cedar, cinnamon and white pepper. Flavor is plentiful, with those cherries again, bolstered by ripe cranberries and blackberries. There's a leathery, sagebrush note that screams about the old west. The rusticity plays well with the overriding elegance of the sip, and it all melts into a long, savory finish.
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