The Teldeschi name is one of the oldest names in Dry Creek Valley. F. Teldeschi Winery is very much a family affair (the "F" standing for Frank who bought the original Dry Creek Vineyards in 1946). Frank's wife Caterina still owns the vineyards and Frank's two sons Dan (the oldest) is the wine maker and John (2nd son) is the vineyard manager. Dan runs the winery frugally following Italian traditions, and by default very environmentally. Besides no heat or air conditioning, the winery uses minimal electricity, with PG&E bills $30-$40 per month. They also reuse their wine bottles from the tasting room - the labels are removed, the bottles sterilized and refilled from the barrels again. Every step of the wine making is manual and bottled by hand.
All wines are unfined and unfiltered and do not undergo ML (malolactic fermentation). Dan makes wine using the least amount of SO2 possible. They're as natural as possible. That is part of the explanation for the "tiny bottles" you'll see in the tasting room. Because the wines are "natural", they are prone more easily to oxidation, so transferring the wine from a half-empty bottle to a smaller bottle minimizes the air head space in the bottle and thus the oxidation.
1999 Terranova, Dry Creek Valley. Meaning “new world” Terranova is Dan’s unique blend which honors his father, Frank. The blend comprises Carignane, Valdiguie, Zinfandel, and Petite Sirah. This wine sparkles with a beautiful deep garnet color and exudes a nose of fruit and spice. Big black cherry and raspberry flavors with a background of both black and white pepper beg to be paired with food. The finish goes on and on. One sip of this wine with some penne pasta in a marinara sauce and you realize why Italians planted these varietals in the Dry Creek Valley. 13.8% Alcohol, which is low for the New World.
2001 Terranova, Dry Creek Valley. The ruby color in the glass is still bright for a wine of its age. The nose displays the panoply of berry flavors one expects from the benchland Teldeschi fruit. The mid-palate is medium-bodied and exceptionally well balanced. The long, smooth finish still has a little tannic zip that indicates the wine should continue to drink well for years. An incredibly food-friendly wine. 13.8% Alcohol. Retail $30.00/bottle.
Contact F. Teldeschi Winery to order wine. Also visit their Dry Creek Valley tasting room.
3555 Dry Creek Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Tasting Room open 7 days a week 12-5pm