Once & Future 2018 'Frank's Block' Zinfandel, Teldeschi Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley

Once & Future 2018 'Frank's Block' Zinfandel, Teldeschi Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley

Item Number: 14505

UPC: None

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: Sonoma
Appellation/AVA: Dry Creek Valley
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vineyard Designation: Teldeschi Vineyard
Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): Zinfandel
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork

Vintage Notes by Vinous 4/2020: "I was super-impressed with the 2018s from Joel Peterson's Once & Future. The 2018s are wonderfully vibrant, focused and full of character. In many ways, Peterson has returned to his roots from his early days at Ravenswood. The wines are made in open-top wood fermenters and handled minimally in the cellar. Quality is really driven by site, and no one knows these vineyards better than Joel Peterson. His boyish enthusiasm and humility are truly remarkable for someone who has had such a long and illustrious career. I can't recommend these wines highly enough." - Antonio Galloni

Joel's Tasting Notes:
Dark and aromatic. Bright cherry, blackberries and vibrancy lead to a juicy, full flavored mouthwatering finish.

About Teldeschi Vineyard:
Joel was a long-haired bearded young man who found himself having an unexpected luncheon with Frank and Caterina Teldeschi and their sons Dan and John…Welcoming hosts, they represented the most recent two generations of an Italian family that had been farming their part of Dry Creek Valley since the early 1900’s. The lunch included copious amounts of wine and extraordinarily delicious food cooked by Caterina. Joel doesn’t know whether it was the food, the wine, the people, or the amicable mix of all the ingredients that created the magic, but at the end of that lunch Frank and Joel had a handshake deal for 4 tons of grapes and, as it turns out, a 36 plus year friendship with the family.

Located in the heart of Dry Creek Valley, on the east side of the benchland, Teldeschi Vineyard is in a location of a valley that might be one of the best spots for growing Zinfandel in the world. Of course, Frank Teldeschi had his favorite blocks of grapes on the ranch; one of them was a small somewhat mixed block planted in the cobbly Tuscan Red Hill series soils that Frank claimed was the oldest block on the ranch. That would mean it was planted sometime around 1900. Frank’s Block is low production, around a ton and a half per acre, and includes Carignane and Alicante Bouchet in the mix.

When Joel started Once & Future, he decided to honor Frank and his long friendship with the Teldeschi family by making this favored old vineyard block into a stand-alone wine.

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: 96 (4/1/2020)

    One of the highlights in this range, the 2018 Zinfandel Teldeschi Vineyard Frank's Block is flat-out stunning. In 2018, the Teldeschi soars out of the glass with magnificent aromatic complexity and depth. Inky dark fruit, lavender, spice, menthol, licorice and plum infuse the 2018 with tons of nuance and complexity. But it is the purity of the flavors that elevates the 2018 into the realm of the sublime. Dollops of co-fermented Alicante and Carignane add striking nuance. This is a stellar showing.