Dashe California Delta Red Blend 2017
Dashe Cellars is a family-owned artisan winery located in the heart of the Urban Wine Country in Oakland, CA. Founded by the husband and wife winemaking team of Michael and Anne Dashe, Dashe Cellars crafted its first vintage of Dry Creek Zinfandel in 1996. Since that time, the Dashe’s have focused on producing exceptional, single-vineyard wines using a traditional, non-industrial approach to winemaking. Dashe Cellars uses traditional and “natural” winemaking techniques, including small-lot fermentation, the use of indigenous yeasts, and little-to-no fining or filtration.
Delta Red comes from the search of 100 year old Zinfandel, Carignane, Mouvedre vines that are just an hour east of the Bay area. In the rich delta soils of the San Francisco Bay, where the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers meander, a wealth of super grapes were waiting to be turned into wine.
Each varietal was harvested separately, hand sorted and fermented using native wild yeasts. Aged in oak for 14 months.
91 points Tasting Panel
42% Carignane, 18% Mourvedre, 16% Teraldego, 15% Tannat, 5% Zinfandel, 2% Barbera, 2% Petite Sirah
Dark ruby red. Hugely aromatic, with a deep fruity backbone of black currant, black raspberry, plum, and lighter highlights of cranberry and pomegranate. Spicy notes of black pepper, tar, and earth. A lush, velvety, attractive wine with beautiful fruit flavors and balance. Entry is of bright fruit flavors of black currant and black cherry, pomegranate, tar and peppery spice. Rich minerality. Great acid balance, soft texture. Long, spicy, fruit-driven finish. 14.3% Alc.
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