2016 Dashe "Reserve" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1405062

The vintage of 2016 featured ideal ripening conditions in the Dry Creek Valley which were warm but not excessively hot. They harvested the grapes in mid-to-late-September and hand-sorted the grapes on arrival at the winery to remove leaves or less-than-perfect grapes. Using a small, gentle de-stemmer, they carefully removed the stems and kept a proportion of the grapes as whole berries to increase the wine’s natural fruitiness. The wine was fermented using only the natural yeast population on the grapes and the resulting wine shows off the terroir of the vineyards beautifully. Winery note: "Blackberry, black currant, hints of plum, cherry, and chocolate, with an underlying floral component of violets. Sweet blackberry and cassis, pomegranate, plum, hints of chocolate and licorice. One of the most intense and complex Dry Creek Zinfandels we’ve made, with dark chocolate and black pepper spice underlying the velvety, intense mid-palate and the balanced, sweet red-fruit finish."


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By: Ari Gorfain | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/16/2019 | Send Email
Zinfandel is often overlooked as a serious option when shopping for a food friendly wine. Frequently relegated to two distinct categories (White zin & insanely high alcohol fruit bombs), Zin is regularly overshadowed by Pinot Noirs and Cabernet Sauvignons; but "California's Grape" has a great deal to offer savvy, value-minded customers. The Dashe, "Reserve Dry Creek Valley," Zinfandel is a perfect example of the variety. A classic Dry Creek Zin with a complex spectrum of flavors, balancing pure fruit and bright acidity. The husband & wife team at Dashe strive to make terroir-driven wines with minimal intervention. Aromas of dark brambly fruit abound, along with subtle cocoa and floral notes. The palate is alive with dark chocolate and black pepper spice underlying the velvety, intense midpalate. Finishing with a balanced, sweet red-fruit note this is definitely one of my go-to wines when manning the grill!

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Zinfandel

- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5