Once & Future Wines

Teldeschi Vineyard Frank's Block Zinfandel

9.225 ratings
9.34 pro ratings
Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Zinfandel
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.2

After seeing a couple notes on CT claiming this was ready and didn’t need much of a decant, curiosity got the best of me. Woof...maybe my bottle was an outlier, but this is NOT READY.

I followed this over two days. Day one I gave this about a two hour decant. Very tannic and shut down on the palate. A wall of miscellaneous red and black fruit followed by a seriously tannic finish. I re-corked, then decanted another hour and a half on day two and it made all the difference in the world. Much more open knit. The aromatics were classic Dry Creek zin with maraschino cherries dipped in fondue, cedar, baking spices and a mix of red and black licorice. On the palate, the acidity remained high over both days and came across very high toned...lots of red and black fruits (rhubarb, fleshy black cherries, raspberry infused dark cocoa) alongside kirsch, boysenberry jam (just a hint) and more cedar and sandalwood. This zin master has crafted another fabulous zin, but like many Ridge zins, this needs a good bit of time (and that’s coming from someone who enjoys a good amount of flavor). Hold for 3+yrs, or decant 4-6hrs.

After seeing a couple notes on CT claiming this was ready and didn’t need much of a decant, curiosity got the best of me. Woof...maybe my bottle was an outlier, but this is NOT READY.

I followed this over two days. Day one I gave this about a two hour decant. Very tannic and shut down on the palate. A wall of miscellaneous red and black fruit followed by a seriously tannic finish. I re-corked, then decanted another hour and a half on day two and it made all the difference in the world. Much more open knit. The aromatics were classic Dry Creek zin with maraschino cherries dipped in fondue, cedar, baking spices and a mix of red and black licorice. On the palate, the acidity remained high over both days and came across very high toned...lots of red and black fruits (rhubarb, fleshy black cherries, raspberry infused dark cocoa) alongside kirsch, boysenberry jam (just a hint) and more cedar and sandalwood. This zin master has crafted another fabulous zin, but like many Ridge zins, this needs a good bit of time (and that’s coming from someone who enjoys a good amount of flavor). Hold for 3+yrs, or decant 4-6hrs.

Jan 26th, 2021
Jay Kline

Popped and poured; served at cellar temp (55°F). Drank alongside the 2017 Oakley Road. Both were excellent and yet quite different from one another, really expressing their unique terroir. Very primary right now, the Teldeschi was darker fruited with brambles and black pepper. Somewhat brooding. A touch more weight on the palate than the Oakley Road. Long, delightful finish. This seemed to expand the longer that the bottle was open. This should age very well.

Popped and poured; served at cellar temp (55°F). Drank alongside the 2017 Oakley Road. Both were excellent and yet quite different from one another, really expressing their unique terroir. Very primary right now, the Teldeschi was darker fruited with brambles and black pepper. Somewhat brooding. A touch more weight on the palate than the Oakley Road. Long, delightful finish. This seemed to expand the longer that the bottle was open. This should age very well.

Jun 20th, 2019
Ellen Clifford

I love this wine! Joel Peterson makes good things. It’s all the baking spices and currants, dried and fresh, you could hope to have. Silky and beautiful.

I love this wine! Joel Peterson makes good things. It’s all the baking spices and currants, dried and fresh, you could hope to have. Silky and beautiful.

Aug 11th, 2018
Peter Marks

Master of Wine, Educator Constellation Brands

9.4

Deep, rich, ripe red and black fruits, and sweet vanilla oak. Hedonistically delicious!

Deep, rich, ripe red and black fruits, and sweet vanilla oak. Hedonistically delicious!

Jul 31st, 2017
Brendan Baker

Dark, bramble fruits. Rich, but well balanced

Dark, bramble fruits. Rich, but well balanced

1 person found it helpfulMay 7th, 2018
Erik Longabardi

The Zin Professor

The Zin Professor

Oct 25th, 2023
Michael Sinowitz

From the vineyard Joel Peterson made his Ravenswood Teldeschi. This section has some Alicante and carignane according to the tasting notes. The wine is almost black in color. I gave this over 2 hours in the decanter. Quite young. Blue and red fruit, earthy core and well structured. Good now & should get better.

From the vineyard Joel Peterson made his Ravenswood Teldeschi. This section has some Alicante and carignane according to the tasting notes. The wine is almost black in color. I gave this over 2 hours in the decanter. Quite young. Blue and red fruit, earthy core and well structured. Good now & should get better.

Jun 4th, 2017
Jason Brater

Oh my what an incredible zin at PnP! And it just got better and better as it opened over 3 hours. If you’ve never tried any of Joel Petersons’s wines from Once & Future, you are missing out.

Oh my what an incredible zin at PnP! And it just got better and better as it opened over 3 hours. If you’ve never tried any of Joel Petersons’s wines from Once & Future, you are missing out.

Feb 26th, 2023
Todd Anderson

Really enjoyed. I prefer balanced vs fruit bomb, so really enjoyed this.

Really enjoyed. I prefer balanced vs fruit bomb, so really enjoyed this.

Aug 26th, 2022
Stuart Pollack

Okay Zinfandel, but too expensive and not worth buying. Too tannic and rough to start, but fruity finish.

Okay Zinfandel, but too expensive and not worth buying. Too tannic and rough to start, but fruity finish.

Sep 24th, 2019