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Dashe Cellars Petite Sirah Alexander Valley Todd Brothers Ranch 2008

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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.

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Color: Red
Varietal: Petite Sirah
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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

Editorial Reviews for Dashe Cellars Petite Sirah Alexander Valley Todd Brothers Ranch

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,340
5.00 5
07/02/2011

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


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,340
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 07/06/2010

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



Tasting Notes:

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.

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.

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94 cases produced.

Aged 14 months in French Oak.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.5%

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