Dash Nobility Late Harvest Riesling Blanc 2006
Tasting Notes:This wine has floral hints of jasmine and lavender, underscored by aromas of dried fruit (apricot, plums), cassis, chocolate, vanilla. On the palate you will notice quite sweet black raspberry and black currant flavors, mixed with plum, dried apricot, and hints of cherry, chocolate, and vanilla. The explosive fruit is balanced with nice acidity, making the wine sweet but not cloyingan ideal dessert wine. Winemaking Notes:Late Harvest Zinfandel is always an adventure to ferment. The grapes arrived at the winery just over 40° Brix, and they were just what you want for Late Harvest: wrinkled, but not raisined. We crushed the grapes to a small 1,500-gallon tank. As is our tradition, we let the fermentation proceed using the native yeasts on the grapes. The fermentation went exceptionally well, and the yeast naturally finished fermentation when the alcohol had reached about 14.1 percent and the sugar level was 9 percent. The wine was aged in older French oak barrels, so as not to overpower the intensity of the zinfandel fruit. During our blending trials, we decided to stay with our tradition of bottling the wine as soon as possible to maintain its fresh fruit flavors and conserve its lovely sweet concentration and purity. The wine is unfined and received minimal handling to the bottle. Vintage Notes:Without a doubt this is one of our most popular wines, and we've increased the quantity we made in 2005 to keep up with the demand. The vintage was perfect in 2005 to make a very balanced Late Harvest zinfandel; it's one of our favorites. We let these grapes hang on the vine over a month after the rest of the grapes were picked, to concentrate flavors and sugar. Since it was such a late harvest, we finally harvested the grapes to create this black, intense essence of zinfandel in early November, just before the rains. Technical Notes: Appellation: Dry Creek ValleyVarietal:Zinfandel 100%Harvest:05 NovemberAlcohol:14.1%Brix:40RS:9%Production:586 (cases) Return to Dashe Cellars wine list
Editorial Reviews for Dash Nobility Late Harvest Riesling Blanc
Smoky and with a hint of obvious oak on the nose this has a touch of obvious alcohol as well. The black raspberry fruit if incredibly intense with a jammy edge and layers of toast, butter, and allspice/cinnamon spice that makes this smell like breakfast. Richly fruited in the mouth with that same pure, jammy black raspberry/ black berry fruit that is accented with notes of honey, vanilla, and baking spices. Big and plush with a flannelly soft feel this is engaging and made in a style that should appeal to most palates. 93pts
This has a bit of fuminess to at first and needs time to gain some focus but it reveals dark chocolate streaked, pepper laced dark berry fruit touched with sapwood and smoky, loamy earth. It’s surprisingly light on the palate with more than a bit of tannin to lose but wonderfully refreshing and pure slightly spicy, briary black raspberry fruit that offers up hints of orange oil and backing spice on the backend. The finish allows the tannins to creep back up, giving this excellent follow through with the toasty, vanilla of the oak being covered with cool, wild red berry fruit until the spicy finale. Give this two years to let the tannins soften and drink it over the next five or so, or else grill up some beef and enjoy this for all it offers today. 92pts
A bit woody at first with a sweet/sour tone and some meaty almost gamy notes. There are light smoke tones with a suggestion of green herb and a touch of quinine and bitter citrus peel adding complexity to the pretty, lightly spicy, peppery fruits. Very well balanced with bright acids and nice fleshy mouthfeel that gains intensity on the back end. Lots of pure brambly fruit here with a touch of plum and nice mocha tones helping to frame the fruit. A lot of wine and very freshly fruited with real depth and a lot of nuance on the mid-palate. Finishes with strong, slightly creamy raspberry fruit. Nice length. Really nice wine. 91pts
This has a huge nose with top notes of violets over deep black plum, slight prune, and spicy hints of chocolate and vanilla with a core of savory elements that recall herbal dried black olives. Lightly sweet on entry this has plenty of acidity to keep the wine lively and lovely ripe tannins that help break up the sweetness. It’s a light, fresh style of dessert wine with a balance akin to fresh fruit making it easy to drink. It’s a bit simpler on the palate than on the nose but is full of briary, tobacco edge plummy and dried berry fruit that yields to a lightly sweet finish balanced by drying tannins. 91pts
Spicy, heated nose with black pepper and ripe dark fruit. Severe, acidic, fun wine, with loads of bitter dark chocolate, blackberries, austere tannins and a wonderful long cocoa finish.
Candied prunes on the nose. Deliciously sweet with lots of sugary dark fruits, vanilla, and chocolate. Can't imagine a better dessert wine experience.
Red licorice and lundens cough drops on the nose. Nice level of acidity that's nicely balanced with dark complex earthy fruit. Mellow christmas spice finish.
Bright raspberry, violet and pinecone with almost a grape soda kind of flavor to it. But this was a refreshing note, rather than something too candylike and cloying. Balanced acidity and tannic structure. Would love this with some barbecued ribs!
Beautiful in appearance with a nice nose of fruit and spice. However, I found the taste very firm and stingy with its flavors. A little unbalanced in my opinion as the acidity and tannin were stronger and more pronounced than I like in my Zin.
Bark, butter, and bright blackberries on the nose, a punch of dust and drying tannins on the tongue. It's the second act that sells me: darker fruit, raked leaves, and warmed chocolate that goes creamy on the finish.
Restrained notes of Cassis & tar on the nose. In the mouth: most noticeable is the initial flavors of cedar, tobacco & clove. Plenty of acidity & pith give this wine a good bite followed by a finish of black pepper.