Tasting Note                         

93+   2007  Ravenswood  Teldeschi Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)   11/13/15  ($32)

76% Zinfandel, 22% Petite Sirah, 2% Carignane 3560 cases    14.5% alc
Color: Very deep garnet, still showing hints of purple. (3.5) Bouquet: Briary/forestal Zinberry(boysenberry, cassis, black cherry), restrained at present. (3.0) Body: Super heavyweight with outstanding fruit, tannins and acidity, yet has a silky, full mouthfeel. (4.0) Flavor: Parallels bouquet , but still shows some youthful austerity in the form of tannins and cedar. (3.0) Finish: Best part besides the mouthfeel. Very long with healthy, cedary tannins and multilayered fruit. (3.5)
Overall: This is greatness waiting to happen. It doesn't have as much explosive, youthful fruit as it did upon release, but it is still relatively young. This will easily age and likely improve for another 10 years. Reminds me of '99 Lytton Springs, a Zin that is still going strong, but this Teldeschi is not quite as beautifully balanced, showing more cedary tannins, which restrain the fruit a bit at this point. Built more like a serious Cabernet than a Zin. If drinking now, decant at lunch to drink at dinner or let age another 5-10 years. (17)

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