The Talty story starts years ago with my father, William Talty. He was the first to introduce me to the beautiful Dry Creek Valley, and it was with him that I learned and practiced the fine art of winemaking. It all started as a hobby in our garage in San Jose and we always dreamt of owning a vineyard and winery in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley. The Dry Creek Valley was my father’s favorite place to visit and wine taste and it wasn’t long before I developed the same passion. Unfortunately, we were unable to make our dream come true prior to his unexpected death in 1993. Using this as inspiration, I was determined to fulfill our dream so my family and I began looking for properties in the Dry Creek Valley. After about a year an a half of searching, we came across the perfect place. In April of 1997, we purchased a small six acre vineyard in Dry Creek Valley, where we still currently reside and named it in my father’s honor.
The Estate Zinfandel from Talty Winery comes from head-pruned, dry-farmed vines grown on our own six-acre vineyard, which was planted in 1963. For over one hundred years, the Dry Creek Valley has been home to thousands of acres of cultivated land, five hundred of which are solely Zinfandel grapes. Although Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot grapes can be seen trellised throughout the valley, the abundance and quality of the Zinfandel grapes has led most to consider the Dry Creek Valley, “Zinfandel Country”.
As was my father’s way, each Talty Zinfandel is truely handcrafted, from vine to wine. Our vines purposely produce a very small crop — approximately two tons per acre. This ensures the intensity and concentration of the fruit from the very start. Once picked, our grapes are fermented by their own natural yeast in small, open-top bins. These bins are punched down four times per day for the best flavor and color extraction possible. My philosophy is to make one wine and do it well. Zin, Just Zin!
Our wines are available through our mailing list, at the winery, or at a handful of selected local fine wine restaurants.
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