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Dashe Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2015

Dashe Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2015

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This wine is a classic example of a Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, grown in one of the best regions in California for growing Zinfandel. The coastal fog in the morning combined with afternoon heat makes for ideal ripening conditions, resulting in a wine with great balance and intense fruit flavors. The wine is made from fruit grown on five small family-owned vineyards in the center and north of the Dry Creek Valley. The wine shows a bright acidity from the cool ripening conditions, which blends perfectly with the forward fruit from the vineyards and results in a particularly complex, lovely, and balanced wine.

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—our tradition 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 our 900-gallon French oak casks that allow us to gain the softness of oak aging without adding excessive oak flavors. In our blending trials, we added about 4% of Petite Sirah, for structure and aging potential. 

91 points Wine Enthusiast

Gold | TEXSOM International Wine Awards

Silver | The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Silver | San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine Notes

Black-purple color. Black raspberry, black cherry, hints of plum, chocolate, with an underlying floral component of violets on the nose. Flavors of sweet black raspberry, pomegranate, plum, hints of chocolate and licorice. One of the most balanced and lovely-textured Dry Creek Zinfandels Dashe has made, with dark chocolate and black pepper spice underlying the velvety, intense mid-palate and the long, sweet red-fruit finish.

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