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"The 2013 Zinfandel Todd Brothers Ranch Old Vines emerges from another one of those heritage, head-pruned old Zinfandel sites. The color is a dense ruby/purple and the wine loaded with black raspberry and black cherry fruit, loads of spice and earth. It is a classic, even quintessential, Zinfandel from Alexander Valley. This full-bodied beauty should drink well for 5 to 7 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.
Originally planted in 1958 by brothers Ken and Richard Todd, today the Todd Brothers Ranch is operated by their sons, Ken and Tim Todd. One of the most stunning vineyards in Sonoma County, the Todd Brothers Ranch produces fruit solely for Dashe Cellars. The 50-year-old zinfandel vines in the vineyard grow in bright red volcanic soil on steep hillsides. These head-trained vines undergo extensive canopy management and leaf-pulling to produce yields of less than three tons per acre. The zinfandel fruit from Todd Brothers is incredibly complex, showing intensity and layers that are at time cabernet sauvignon-like in their stature. The source of the Todd Brothers Ranch Zinfandel this rich Alexander Valley fruit displays big flavors of spice, chocolate and coffee, with notes of dusty earthiness, likely derived from the red soil. Todd Brothers Ranch also cultivates incredibly concentrated cabernet sauvignon, which is the primary source for the Dashe Cellars Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
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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.