Dry Creek Valley Benchland
The Dry Creek Zinfandel in these inaugural wines come from vines planted on the Teldeschi Home Ranch in 1889. Ray Teldeschi carefully attends to his land with minimal intervention. The Teldeschi family arrived in Dry Creek Valley in the early 1900s and purchased their Home Ranch in the 1940s. This two-acre block of head-trained Zinfandel vines is 128 years-old and sits adjacent to the block of 75 year-old Petite Sirah vines that are also harvested for this wine. These vineyards are perched upon the notable benchlands of Dry Creek Valley at an elevation of 200 feet. At this elevation - 50-100 feet higher than the valley floor - big, long, and reasonably flat and rolling hills are formed from a gravelly loam soil that the old-timers refer to as "red dirt". With its gravelly texture, this reddish-brown soils is full of iron oxide from young volcanics. This is where the old vineyards deliver a feminine and elegant Zinfandel.
Dry Creek Valley Hillside
The Pasterick vineyard was originally planted in the early 1900s. Today, the Pasterick family focuses on sustainable and impeccable hillside farming practices for the growth of their Syrah and Viognier vines. The Syrah in Perkins Harter wines comes from a Chapoutier clone planted on St. George rootstock on the Pasterick property. The grapes chosen for Zinfandel blend come from "the brown hill”, which is comprised of 120 million year old granite and is known for expressing black fruit and spices with a supple tannins with an elegant dusty stone texture. These grapes bask in morning sun and afternoon shade at an elevation of 300 feet. For many years, Ray Teldeschi has been supporting the management of this vineyard.