Dashe Cellars Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Late Harvest 2003

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Vineyard Notes: We don't know why the zinfandel vines at the Big River Ranch- just a few miles south-east of the town of Healdsburg-produce such inky-black, concentrated wines, but we certainly recognized from the start that this vineyard was sure to produce one of our very best zinfandels. These head-trained vines on the rocky, red, steep slopes consistently produce a huge wine: thick, flavorful, and seductively rich. By combining this zinfandel with a small amount of petite syrah from vines on the same ranch, we were able to create a small amount, just over 300 cases, of a wine that we feel is one of our most stylish and balanced, as well as mouth-filling, creations. Winemaking Notes: The vintage of 2003 was one of the warmest on record, which pushed the ripeness of the grapes to produce a very fruit-forward, lush, thick wine which exhibits the classic blackberry and chocolate flavors that are characteristic of Alexander Valley zinfandel. We harvested the grapes in late September, trucking the grapes to the winery in 1/2 ton picking bins, and then sorting the grapes on a conveyor belt on the way to the crusher. The crushed grapes were then fermented in small stainless-steel tanks using only the natural yeast population on the surface of the grapes (rather than commercial dried yeasts) to conduct the fermentation. Our tanks are outfitted with custom-made stainless-steel grids that hold the grape skins below the surface of the fermenting juice, to extract maximum flavor, color, and complexity from the grapes. Tasting Notes: Color: Inky black Aroma: Chocolate and coffee, blackberry jam, clove and licorice, lavander and violets. Taste: Blackberry fruit, chocolate, clove spice, velvety texture, very full-bodied with round chalky tannins, long sweet finish of blackberry fruit and chocolate. Technical Notes: Varietals: 98% Zinfandel, 2% Petite Syrah Appellation: Alexander Valley (Sonoma County) Alcohol: 14.8% by vol. Time in oak: 12 months Oak: French; 20% new Production: 361 cases, 750mL Release date: September 1, 2005 Optimum time: 2006-2012 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

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Snooth User: aronralston
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06/01/2007

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Vineyard Notes: We don't know why the zinfandel vines at the Big River Ranch- just a few miles south-east of the town of Healdsburg-produce such inky-black, concentrated wines, but we certainly recognized from the start that this vineyard was sure to produce one of our very best zinfandels. These head-trained vines on the rocky, red, steep slopes consistently produce a huge wine: thick, flavorful, and seductively rich. By combining this zinfandel with a small amount of petite syrah from vines on the same ranch, we were able to create a small amount, just over 300 cases, of a wine that we feel is one of our most stylish and balanced, as well as mouth-filling, creations. Winemaking Notes: The vintage of 2003 was one of the warmest on record, which pushed the ripeness of the grapes to produce a very fruit-forward, lush, thick wine which exhibits the classic blackberry and chocolate flavors that are characteristic of Alexander Valley zinfandel. We harvested the grapes in late September, trucking the grapes to the winery in 1/2 ton picking bins, and then sorting the grapes on a conveyor belt on the way to the crusher. The crushed grapes were then fermented in small stainless-steel tanks using only the natural yeast population on the surface of the grapes (rather than commercial dried yeasts) to conduct the fermentation. Our tanks are outfitted with custom-made stainless-steel grids that hold the grape skins below the surface of the fermenting juice, to extract maximum flavor, color, and complexity from the grapes. Tasting Notes: Color: Inky black Aroma: Chocolate and coffee, blackberry jam, clove and licorice, lavander and violets. Taste: Blackberry fruit, chocolate, clove spice, velvety texture, very full-bodied with round chalky tannins, long sweet finish of blackberry fruit and chocolate. Technical Notes: Varietals: 98% Zinfandel, 2% Petite Syrah Appellation: Alexander Valley (Sonoma County) Alcohol: 14.8% by vol. Time in oak: 12 months Oak: French; 20% new Production: 361 cases, 750mL Release date: September 1, 2005 Optimum time: 2006-2012 Return to Dashe Cellars Wine List

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