These selections were crafted by the Tedeschi Family Winery located in Calistoga, Napa Valley. The Tedeschi family originally emigrated from Italy to Providence, Rhode Island and ultimately settled in Calistoga in 1919. The current family estate was purchased by Eugene Tedeschi in the 1950s and at the time consisted mainly of fruit orchards. In subsequent decades, the family added different varieties of grapes to the estate and in 1991 Eugene’s son, Emil, after a winemaking stint in Hawaii established this small family winery. The winery is today run by Emil (left) who serves as Vintner & Winery Owner and his two sons, Emilio who serves as General Manager, and Mario who serves as Winemaker.
The Tedeschi Family produces less than 900 cases annually of single varietal Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Semillon It is dedicated to producing age worthy old-world style wines sourced from the Tedeschi Vineyard and other vineyard sources such as the De La Montanya ’s Russian River Valley for its Pinot Noir. The wines reviewed here are produced in very small quantities and readers interested in purchasing them should contact the winery. Tel. 707-501-0668
Tedeschi 2011 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley ($45) 88+ The 2011 Pinot Noir displays a medium-ruby hue and aromas of ripe cherry and scents of licorice and tea. On the palate it offers dark red fruit flavors with hints of underbrush, vanilla and spice. It is medium weight with good balance, firm round tannins, and has a pleasant finish.
Tedeschi 2010 Petite Sirah Napa Valley ($36) 90 The 2010 Petite Sirah exhibits an opaque ruby purple color and aromas of pure ripe blackberry fruit and toast. It has a soft and round mouth feel with good intensity of black fruit flavor, sweet oak and hints of leather. Rich on the palate, it is a delicious wine that is drinkable now, but will be even better with a year or two more of bottle aging. Well done.
Tedeschi 2008 Merlot Napa Valley ($38) 87 The 2008 Merlot reveals aromas of red plum and blackberry with hints of earth and scents of oak. On the palate it exhibits more earthiness with red and black fruit flavors, charred oak with a rather bitter edge, and firm gripping tannins on the finish.
Tedeschi 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley ($68) 89 The dark ruby Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of pure ripe red and blackberry fruit, earth and toasted oak. It is soft and full flavored with dark berry fruit, espresso and charred oak on the palate. Medium weight, it shows good balance, firm dry tannins and a long persistent finish.
Mike Potashnik and Don Winkler January 2014