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Dashe Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2003

Winemaker's Notes:

Tasting Notes:Intense blackberry and cassis, ripe plum, chocolate, earth, minerals and a velvety texture in the mid-palate. This Cabernet is balanced and complex with firm tannins that soften in finish. A long sweet finish of blackberries that persist for minutes! Winemaking Notes:The grapes were crushed into our smallest fermentation tank (1500 gallons) and allowed to slowly start fermentation using the native yeasts, in essence creating a "cold soak" period where the wine develops its most intense color and flavor. During fermentation the temperature was allowed to get above 90º F, to aid in the extraction of color and flavor. We let the wine stay on the fermented skins for 23 days, at which time we pressed the grapes in a gentle membrane press so as not to extract dry or harsh tannins. The wine was aged for 15 months in 100% French oak barrels, with about 30% of the wine aged in new oak. Every three months we racked the wine out of barrel to clarify the wine and aid in its development. In our blending trials, we found ourselves creating a classic "Bordeaux blend," including Petit Verdot and Merlot in the final blend. We fined the wine with egg whites to remove harsh tannins and give the wine a silky, velvety texture. As the wine aged in the bottle, we found the wine increasing greatly in texture and complexity, and we believe that this will be quite a long-lived wine, able to age 15 years or more. Technical Notes: Appellation:Alexander ValleyVarietal:Cabernet Sauvignon 90%, Merlot 5%, Petit Verdot 5%Harvest:25 SeptemberAlcohol:14.5%Production:280 (cases) Return to Dashe Cellars wine list

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Dashe Cellars:
A Marriage Of Ideas Founded by the husband and wife winemaking team of Michael and Anne Dashe, we are a family-run artisan winery. Focused on crafting small allotments of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Syrah wines, Dashe Cellars marries techniques from California and the great winemaking regions of France. The results are complex, sensuous red wines that capture the charm and ... Read more
A Marriage Of Ideas Founded by the husband and wife winemaking team of Michael and Anne Dashe, we are a family-run artisan winery. Focused on crafting small allotments of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Syrah wines, Dashe Cellars marries techniques from California and the great winemaking regions of France. The results are complex, sensuous red wines that capture the charm and personality of top Sonoma vineyards in the Dry Creek and Alexander valleys. Read less

Tasting Notes:Intense blackberry and cassis, ripe plum, chocolate, earth, minerals and a velvety texture in the mid-palate. This Cabernet is balanced and complex with firm tannins that soften in finish. A long sweet finish of blackberries that persist for minutes! Winemaking Notes:The grapes were crushed into our smallest fermentation tank (1500 gallons) and allowed to slowly start fermentation using the native yeasts, in essence creating a "cold soak" period where the wine develops its most intense color and flavor. During fermentation the temperature was allowed to get above 90º F, to aid in the extraction of color and flavor. We let the wine stay on the fermented skins for 23 days, at which time we pressed the grapes in a gentle membrane press so as not to extract dry or harsh tannins. The wine was aged for 15 months in 100% French oak barrels, with about 30% of the wine aged in new oak. Every three months we racked the wine out of barrel to clarify the wine and aid in its development. In our blending trials, we found ourselves creating a classic "Bordeaux blend," including Petit Verdot and Merlot in the final blend. We fined the wine with egg whites to remove harsh tannins and give the wine a silky, velvety texture. As the wine aged in the bottle, we found the wine increasing greatly in texture and complexity, and we believe that this will be quite a long-lived wine, able to age 15 years or more. Technical Notes: Appellation:Alexander ValleyVarietal:Cabernet Sauvignon 90%, Merlot 5%, Petit Verdot 5%Harvest:25 SeptemberAlcohol:14.5%Production:280 (cases) Return to Dashe Cellars wine list

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