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Dane Cellars Zinfandel Los Chamizal Vineyard Sonoma Valley 2009

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Spicy on the nose, with hints of anise seed and some soil tones over plum and blackberry fruits that showed a slightly leather edge. On the palate this was almost a little creamy, with super fine and supple, if abundant, fruit tannins. The palate showed off lovely red fruit, some black seed notes and a compellingly round, smooth texture that lead to a long, super spicy strawberry and red currant-laced finish. 92 points

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Region: USA » California » Sonoma Valley

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Color: Red
Varietal: Zinfandel
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Dane Cellars:
My career in the wine industry began as a summer job. During that first harvest, my job was to deliver five tons of grapes at a time, down the mountain, in a one-ton truck. It was from that experience that I knew I wanted to be a winemaker. I began my professional career with Kenwood Vineyards in 1986, where we specialized in vineyard-designated Zinfandels and Cabernets grown in Sonoma Valle... Read more
My career in the wine industry began as a summer job. During that first harvest, my job was to deliver five tons of grapes at a time, down the mountain, in a one-ton truck. It was from that experience that I knew I wanted to be a winemaker. I began my professional career with Kenwood Vineyards in 1986, where we specialized in vineyard-designated Zinfandels and Cabernets grown in Sonoma Valley.   In 1998, I left my position as Cellarmaster for Kenwood and joined the wine-making team at Benziger Family Winery, just down the road in Glen Ellen. My focus was the production of wines for the Benziger Family Ranch including Tribute, Imagery Estate and Benziger vineyard designates, and in particular the Zinfandel wines for Benziger and Imagery Estate. It was at Benziger that I was introduced to biodynamics and organic farming. At the time, both practices were new to the industry and we developed winemaking methods to go along with the farming practices.   I loved the idea of bringing cutting-edge techniques to age-old winemaking processes. With a passion for creating small-lot, distinctive wines, I was thrilled to join the Lasseter Family Vineyards in 2007 and to have the opportunity to create premium vintages of Rhone and Bordeaux-inspired blends from organically-grown grapes. It was also in 2007 that our son, Dane was born, becoming the inspiration and namesake for the opening of Dane Cellars, that same year. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Dane Cellars Zinfandel Los Chamizal Vineyard Sonoma Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,320
4.50 5
03/18/2013

Spicy on the nose, with hints of anise seed and some soil tones over plum and blackberry fruits that showed a slightly leather edge. On the palate this was almost a little creamy, with super fine and supple, if abundant, fruit tannins. The palate showed off lovely red fruit, some black seed notes and a compellingly round, smooth texture that lead to a long, super spicy strawberry and red currant-laced finish. 92 points




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