Summer Releases from Tedeschi Family Winery
Tedeschi Family Winery, a boutique family winery with a 95-year history, announces their newest wine releases for the summer.
2014 Rosé of Charbono & Old Vine Gamay, Napa Valley, Calistoga
This wine opens with bright aromas of fresh pomegranate, cranberry, boysenberry with hints of lemon zest, watermelon and strawberry The palate has bright notes of cranberry and strawberry with a refreshingly crisp finish. This is a very versatile food wine, serve slightly chilled, anytime of year. 290 cases were produced.
2014 Viognier, Alexander Valley
This one opens with beautiful aromas of fresh lemon, honeysuckle, asian pear, green peach, and hints of mango and green tea. A juicy fruit-forward palate unfolds with layers of tropical fruit, pineapple, asian pear, mango, candied lemon along with softer floral notes of orchid and vanilla. A soft and creamy white wine that will pair with many foods, especially Asian cuisine. Tasting great now, this wine will age nicely and reward with complexity over the next 3 to 5 years. 98 cases were produced.
2014 Aunt Fran’s Pick, An off-dry white blend of Viognier & Riesling
Named for the family’s aunt, Frances Tedeschi, this wine opens with pleasant aromas of fresh pears, lemongrass, honeycomb, floral notes, and a hint of tangerine. The off-dry palate unfolds with bright notes of ripe peach, juicy pear, apple and hints of pineapple. Nicely balanced and drinkable now, this wine should age well over the next year and become more complex over the next 1 to 3 years. Just 50 cases were produced.
2014 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley (375ml)
Opens with pronounced aromatics of peach and orange blossoms, fresh wild flower honey, ripe apple and quince, with touches of maple syrup and vanilla. Its sweet and complex palate opens with peach cobbler, caramel, pineapple, ripe pear, followed by hints of vanilla spice. Made with meticulous attention to detail at every stage, this Late Harvest wine is tasting beautiful now, but will gain more complexity as it ages (3 to 5 years). It pairs wonderfully with savory desserts, grilled figs and peaches, and semi-hard cheeses. 310 cases were produced.
2013 Petite Sirah, North Coast
Aromatic notes of blackberry, maple syrup, grilled plums, toast, hints of vanilla, smoke and bacon up front. A chewy palate unfolds with flavors of blackberry pie, dark plums, cola spice with hints of black licorice, anise, caramel, and a long finish. Ample tannins are present but soft. This Petite Sirah will age beautifully over the next five to ten years. It should pair nicely with braised short ribs (or other braised dishes), roast chicken, risotto, even burgers (55 cases).
Old World Wines
The Tedeschi Family Winery is a very small, family-owned winery producing less than 2,000 cases a year in the style of the “old-world.” Their flagship wine is made from the estate’s dry farmed, single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Emil Tedeschi’s grandparents settled in Calistoga in 1919, emigrating from Pisa, Italy. Their son, Eugene, acquired the property that currently houses the winery and family home in 1951, where he planted the family’s first grapevines among established fruit trees. In 1991, Emil returned as steward after co-founding one of Hawaii’s most successful wineries: Tedeschi Vineyards – Maui’s Winery. The Calistoga winery has become the passion and single focus of Emil’s two sons, Emilio and Mario, along with a very interested daughter, Elaine. “Making wines our grandparents would be proud of is what we are aiming for. Traditionally made, old-world wines that can be enjoyed with a variety of foods, good company and from your wine cellar for years to come”, says Mario Tedeschi, Winemaker.
Together, with Emilio acting as General Manager and Mario making the wine, they have sought out and committed to handcrafting old-world style wines from several small and neighboring vineyards to produce Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah, Primitivo, Chardonnay, Viognier, Rosé, and a Late Harvest wine of Sauvignon Blanc. All of the vineyards are specially selected and hand-tended.
Visit Tedeschi Family Winery
Tedeschi Family Winery is located at 2779 Grant Street Calistoga, CA 94515, just a half-mile south of Old Faithful Geyser. Visitors are invited to the winery daily by appointment from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for tasting. There is no commercial signage, so look for the address (2779 Grant Street) and a big barrel to enjoy the winery’s private setting and picnic area!
Look for Tedeschi Family Winery at www.TedeschiFamilyWinery.com, on Facebook and Twitter: @TedeschiWinery For more information, call (707) 501-0668.