Quick Sip: Teldeschi 2006 Estate Reserve Terraluna

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Today’s Quick Sip is the F. Teldeschi Winery 2006 Estate Reserve Terraluna red blend. F. Teldeschi is a family-owned and operated vineyard and winery in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley appellation. The family has 70 acres under vine planted to Zinfandel, which the area is well-known for, along with Petite Sirah, Carignane, some Cabernet, a little Gamay, Malvasia, Cinsault, and more. In 1929, at age 14, Frank Teldeschi left Italy to work with his family in California vineyards. He and his wife Caterina later founded F. Teldeschi which started out as a vineyard and grew into a winery. Their beautiful picture graces the front label of the bottle. Today, three-quarters of the vines producing juice – namely Zinfandel – were planted by Frank and some are nearly ninety years old. Until 1991, the family sold all of their fruit to area producers. Now, their sons Dan (vintner) and John (grape grower) run the business; selling a large percentage of fruit to nearby wineries and producing approximately 1,000 cases of estate wine annually under the Teldeschi label. The 2006 Terraluna, which is the most recent release, is built for longevity and is drinking beautifully right now. It is an excellent bottle of wine to share with friends and family over dinner. For further information and where you can find this delicious blend, please see my tasting notes below.

 Teldeschi 2006 Estate Reserve Terraluna
Review: Teldeschi 2006 Estate Reserve Terraluna (SRP $60): This is an appealing and refined blend of 40% Carignane, 36% Valdiguié, and 24% Petite Sirah from Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley. The wine offers an inviting nose with purple stone fruit flavors that are nicely interwoven with bright fruit-forward waves of cranberry, raspberry, and spicy undertones. This wine is elegant and at the same time gripping, showing both freshness and purity with exceptional textural qualities and vibrant acidity from start to finish. Delightful now, this purely delicious blend is capable of developing further complexities with proper cellaring. I highly recommend giving it a try. This is the third vintage of the Terraluna blend and approximately 96 cases were produced. Region: Dry Creek Valley, California. (Other info: ABV 13.9%, fermented in stainless, aged in neutral oak barrels for 18 months, cork enclosure.) 91 Points. Click here to find this wine.

I would like to thank Dan Teldeschi and McCue Communications for their time and invitation to the ‘Dry Creek Red Blends’ virtual tasting.

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