Aces to Zinfandel, Talty serves it all at Passport ‘09

May 1, 2009

The Facts:

The Talty 2005 Estate Zinfandel is a blend of 90% Zinfandel, 7% Petite Sirah and 3% Carignane – all estate fruit. It was aged for 12 months in 35% French oak and 65% American oak. 872 cases were produced. Suggested retail price is $36.

Dave’s Take:

This was my first run in with Talty Vineyards and Winery, I guess you could say that I stumbled in here after half a day of tasting during Passport ‘09. Where should I start? With the band, with the food, or with the wine?

I’ll start with the band, The Aces. Unfortunately I’m not much of a fan, but they were ok. I simply prefer my aces in a deck of cards, but the good news is that the crowd was into it and I am not a music critic. To be fair, everyone else seemed to like them so perhaps it was my mood.

Now for the food…Lamb Tacos. Right on dudes! Sorry, these tacos were sooo good I was transported back to California just thinking about them. I will try to refrain from the further use of the word “dude”, but no promises. I regret not getting the name of the company that catered for Talty, but they really did a fantastic job at both preparing the food and keeping it stocked. The worst anyone waited was about 2 minutes – and they were busy!

Now for the wine, I will concentrate on the 2005 Estate Zinfandel, which was my favorite. If the Tacos were good ya gotta try this one dude…ohh, sorry. This wine knocked me out, it was simply great with an awesome floral and berry nose. On the palate it was nicely balanced; good tannins and great acidity. This full bodied wine continued the berry fruit theme bringing in some spice and leather on the somewhat lengthy finish.

Keep your Aces up your sleeve, I’ll take the 2005 Estate Zin to go.

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