Once & Future 2019 'Frank's Block' Zinfandel, Teldeschi Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley
Item Number: 16397
Sub Region: Sonoma
Appellation/AVA: Dry Creek Valley
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vineyard Designation: Teldeschi Vineyard
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 15
Case Production: 403
Winemaking Notes: All the wines from the 2019 vintage have been made in the traditional Once & Future wine style: small open-topped redwood fermenters, full destemming, no berry sorting, indigenous yeast, hand punch down of the cap, indigenous malolactic fermentation, and aging in French oak on the yeast with variable amounts of new barrels, depending on the character of the wine. The wines were bottled with no fining or filtration. In short, this is very simple, traditional winemaking that relies on the unique aspects of the vineyard to define the flavor, nature, and quality of the wine. The goal here is not to make a good-flavored beverage, though these wines taste very good; it is to give the drinker a sense of the vintage and place that formed the flavors in these wines. These 2019 wines are bright and juicy on the palate with a strong spine of acid and tannin.
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.