Dashe Cellars Petite Sirah Alexander Valley Todd Brothers Ranch 2008
Wow—we’ve seldom seen such a consistently great vineyard for Petite Sirah anywhere in California, but of course the Todd Brothers Ranch, with its steep slopes, bright red soil, and rocky terrain, has always been one of our favorite vineyards for Zinfandel and is clearly an ideal terroir also for Petite Sirah. Located in Geyserville, at the northern tip of the Alexander Valley, this west-facing site seems ideal for producing balanced, yet substantial, wines that are capable of long-aging. The Todd Brothers Petite Sirah is certainly one of the most distinctive wines we’ve ever made. Purple-black in color, with an earthy, chocolate-blackberry fruit flavor component and a thick, mouth-coating viscosity, the wine makes a big impression at the first sip. Although it has substantial tannins, as do most Petite Sirahs, the version from the Todd Brothers Ranch has a silkiness and smooth, velvety texture that is immediately appealing.
Editorial Reviews for Dashe Cellars Petite Sirah Alexander Valley Todd Brothers Ranch
Soft fruit, spice, licorice and spicy wild plums on the nose, with a gentle background note of roasted coffee bean. This is almost silky in the mouth with dark berry, cherry and plum fruits framed with well-judged wood spice. The tannins are really fine (no rusticity here), with bright acidity that peeks out under the fruit on the back end. Some lovely violet and spice tones turn very aromatic on the back with an earthy top note and a touch of white pepper on the finish. Very youthful, with excellent richness to the fresh fruit. This is just a pup with a solid future ahead. 91pts
This offers up huge notes of licorice and black ink over freshly cut plums with nuanced tones of orange, chocolate, and pepper. It's big and young and a bit unfocused but intense and gains nice floral top notes with an emerging wood spice tone. On the palate this is both velvety and a bit chewy with that chocolatey fruit front and center. the fruit is liquory black raspberry toned with a matte, chewy feel and subtle spice tones and an earthy carob-like edge on the backend that leads to a polished if somewhat short finish. The finish does show nicely sweet fruit and wood spice tones with a touch of balsamic pine. 90pts
Food Pairings for Dashe Cellars Petite Sirah Alexander Valley Todd Brothers Ranch
Color : Purple-black Aroma : Chocolate, roasted coffee, black current, blackberry, black pepper, earthy, mineral, and anise. Taste: Entry shows lots of complex blackberry and black currant fruit, followed by spice, roasted herbs, chocolate, licorice, coffee, and licorice. Quite viscous mouthfeel and long, persistent finish of blackberry, chocolate, and coffee. Substantial tannins will soften with age. Intense, complex blackberry and coffee finish.