Robert Parker 90
" The 2008 Zinfandel Todd Brothers Vineyard has a more saturated ruby/purple color as well as considerably more deep berry fruit and spice. A fragrant, rich, medium to full-bodied wine with supple tannins and beautiful purity, this is a lovely, elegant, yet substantial Zinfandel to drink over the next 3-4 years. Readers looking for Zinfandel made with a Pinot Noir sensibility should check out these efforts from Dashe Cellars."
Stephen Tanzer 91
"Vivid red. Highly fragrant, floral-accented aromas of raspberry preserves, incense and rose, with a spicy quality adding complexity. Juicy, penetrating red fruit flavors gain depth in the mid-palate and show impressive energy. An exotic apricot nuance comes up on the finish, which clings with impressive authority and persistence. Mike Dashe told me that these vines are around 50 years old."
"Since the first time vintage in 1998, Dashe has felt that is one of the most distinctive and unique vineyards in all of Sonoma county. The vineyard is visually striking: A remarkably steep slope of bright red rocky soil, sporting acre after acre of thick, gnarled zinfandel vines. From our first look at these vines, we knew that they would make an intense and very distinctive wine. The vineyard is located just a few miles north of downtown Geyserville, and was planted by two brothers "the original Todd Brothers" 49 years ago. The vines are now farmed by Ken and Tim Todd, along with their sons, making a three-generation long farming tradition."
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In 1996, the husband and wife winemaking team of Michael and Anne Dashe founded Dashe Cellars. Focused on crafting exceptional single-vineyard wines, Dashe Cellars blends the two winemaker's combined 40-plus years of experience at such noted wineries as Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château La Dominique, Ridge Vineyards, Cloudy Bay, Far Niente, Chappellet, and Schramsberg Wine Cellars. Drawing on this wealth of experience, the Dashes create vineyard-focused wines that capture the complexity and character of top vineyards throughout Sonoma County and beyond.
At Dashe Cellars, Michael and Anne are committed to creating wines that reflect the unique soil, climate and regional characteristics of world-class vineyards. Focusing on older vines, steep hillside locations, rocky soils and stressful growing conditions, they work closely with their growers to ensure careful vineyard management and low yields. Building on the gentle, authentic winemaking approach that has helped to define Dashe Cellars. Since its inception, Michael and Anne extended the boundaries of their natural winemaking philosophies with the creation of their first Les Enfants Terribles wine in 2007. Wines in the acclaimed Les Enfants Terribles series are made from special vineyards--often organic, biodynamic, or sustainably farmed--and are created in a more classic "Old World" style, spotlighting the delicacy that comes from cooler climates, lower alcohols, the judicious use of oak, and minimal handling.