2015 Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley
91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Gold Medal - TESXOM International Wine Awards
The husband and wife winemaking team of Michael and Anne Dashe founded Dashe cellars in 1996. With experience around the wine world, including at such estates as Lafite-Rothschild, Ridge, and Cloudy Bay (among others), they decided for their own label to focus on Sonoma County Zinfandel. They believe (correctly, in our view) that Sonoma Zinfandel has a rightful place alongside the great wines of the world, and they prove it with each vintage. With a focus on low intervention winemaking and wines that are refined and balanced, they are way ahead of the trend toward lighter wines, especially in the world of Zinfandel where 16% alcohol fruit-bombs led the way in the early 2000s. Make no mistake, this still has all the fruit and richness you would expect from California, but by picking a little earlier Dashe is able to preserve freshness and the result is impeccable balanced wines.
The 2015 Dashe Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel is rich black-purple in color, and beautifully packed with aromas of raspberry, black cherry, blended with floral notes of lavender and violet. One of the most balanced and lovely-textured Dry Creek Zinfandels we’ve had recently. Dark chocolate and black pepper spice underlie the velvety, and full mid-palate leaving you with a long, red-fruit finish.
2015 was a vintage marked by extremely small yields, so there was almost half the normal quantity of grapes per vine in this year. The result was a particularly intense wine, but very small quantities compared to our normal production.
The wine was fermented using only the natural yeast population on the grapes 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 900-gallon French oak casks that allowed the softness of oak aging without adding excessive oak flavors. 4% of Petite Sirah, for structure and aging potential.
Varietal: 96% Zinfandel; 4% Petite Sirah
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
Cooperage: 20% aged in a 900 gallon French oak "foudre"; 80% 1-year or older French oak
Time in oak: 15 months
Release date: September 1, 2017
Optimum time for consumption: 2017-2030
About The Winery...
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. To learn more visit Dashe Cellars at www.dashecellars.com.