The Talty story starts years ago with my father, William Talty. He was the first to introduce me to “Zinfandel Country”, and it was with him that I learned and practiced the fine art of winemaking. It had always been our dream to own a winery; unfortunately, we were unable to bring that dream to fruition prior to his unexpected death in 1993. My family and I bought our vineyard in 1997 and named it in his honour.
The Estate wine of the Talty Winery comes from dry-farmed grapes grown on our own six-acre vineyard in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley. 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 all over the valley, the abundance and quality of the valley’s Zinfandel grapes has led most to consider the Dry Creek Valley, “Zinfandel Country”.
As was my father’s way, each Talty Zinfandel is truly hand-crafted, from vine to wine. Our dry-farmed and head-pruned 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. They are punched down five times per day for the best flavour and colour extraction.
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