Dashe "Les Enfants Terribles" Clarksburg Chenin Blanc 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.
The Dashes have long been fans of Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley, and have searched high and low for local Chenin Blanc grapes to try their hand at making wine from this extraordinary varietal.
This Chenin Blanc comes from Heringer Vineyard in Clarksburg AVA. This unusual vineyard in the Sacramento River Delta benefits from the cool breezes from the San Joaquin River. The land has been farmed for 4 generations by the Heringer Family. 100% Chenin Blanc grown on dense clay and loam soils, all picked at night to keep the grapes cool. The wine is fermented in a 500-gallon egg-shaped concrete fermentation vessel, to highlight the minerality of the grapes, and the results have exceeded their expectations.
Gold Medal, SF Chronicle Wine Competition
320 cases made
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