Dashe Cellars 'Dry Creek' Zinfandel 2014
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Item Number: 23505
Wine Advocate 90
"The 2014 Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley has the varietal’s peppery, raspberry and black cherry fruit, earth and spice, nice meatiness, and a character that begs for something prepared outside on the grill. This is a lovely, fresh, pure, medium to full-bodied Zinfandel to drink over the next 3-4 years. One of my favorite under-the-radar wineries for a number of years has been Dashe. The prices are reasonable, the quality high, and the wines filled with personality."
A classic Dry Creek Valley zinfandel that shows off the elegance and intense fruit flavors that are the hallmark of this Sonoma appellation. The wine is ourced the fruit from five, small family-owned vineyards in the center and north of the Dry Creek Valley. Since Dry Creek Valley receives coastal fog in the evening and early morning, the grapes from this area show a bright acidity, which blends perfectly with the forward fruit from the vineyards and results in a long-lived and balanced wine.
2041 was one of a string of large, high-quality vintages in California. We used our custom-made gridded tanks to ferment, allowing us to submerge the cap of grape skins beneath the surface of the fermenting wine, extracting color, body, and complexity from the grapes without extracting drying tannins found in the seeds. The result is an intense and complex wine that also feels very velvety and round on the tongue.
The wine was fermented using only the natural yeast population on the grapes—our tradition at Dashe Cellars—and the resulting wine shows off the terroir of the vineyards beautifully. The wine was aged for 10 months in older French oak barrels, including our 900 gallon French oak casks that allow us to gain the softness of oak aging without adding excessive oak flavors. In our blending trials, we added about 5% of Petite Sirah, for structure and aging potential.
Varietals: 95% Zinfandel; 5% Petite Sirah
Appellation:Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
Alcohol: 14.3% by vol.
Time in oak:10 months
Oak: 20% aged in a 900 gallon French oak "foudre"; 80% older French oak
Production: 4358 cases 750mL; 324 cases 375mL
Release date:December 1, 2015
Optimum time for consumption:2015-2025
Aromas:Black raspberry, cherry kirsch, and chocolate overtones, with an underlying floral component of lavender and violets.
Taste:Sweet black cherry, black raspberry, and hints of chocolate and licorice. One of the most intense Dry Creek zinfandels we've made, with dark chocolate and black pepper spice underlying the higher toned fruits.
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