in the heart of Dry Creek Valley, Ray Teldeschi's meticulous vineyard
has highly sought after grapes. His head pruned Zinfandel vines date
back over 115 years. Old vine field selections were taken to plant a
new section. UC Davis recognized this vineyard by archiving it in the
ZAP Heritage Zinfandel project. Ray's reputation as a remarkable farmer
shows in the fruit quality.
vineyard follows an easterly slope up to the bench land, one level above
the valley floor, with volcanic soil that contributes a signature spice
to much of Ray's fruit. Southern exposure guarantees plenty of sunlight
and the valley's warm days followed by cool nights result in perfect
conditions for red varietals such as Zinfandel, Cabernet and Syrah.
The Teldeschi Vineyard has quintessential Dry Creek Zinfandel flavor
family immigrated to the Dry Creek Valley from the hills of Tuscany
in the early 1900s. After working vineyards for years throughout the
valley, Ray's father Mike purchased the ranch in 1947. This is where
Ray grew up, working the vines ever since high school. So if he seems
at home in the vineyards, that's because he is.
he learned any secrets to success over the years? Ray claims there's
no secret, no magic. "A vineyard is just a big garden," says
Ray. "Excellent soil and climate are the keys to everything. They
control the flavor." As Ray says, "The flavor is in the soil."
(That, and let's be honest, a healthy dose of Ray's green thumbs.)