Dashe Cellars Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Late Harvest 2007
The vintage year of 2007 was simply one of the top ripening years in recent memory. The weather was ideal at harvest—warm enough to ripen the flavors but not so hot as to hurry the ripening process. As is typical with these old vines, the yields were quite low, about 2 tons per acre. We were also able to separately ferment a bit of Petite Syrah grapes from the younger vines adjacent to the old vines, which produced an incredibly flavorful, dense jet-black wine that we carefully blended into the old vine wine. The resulting wine is structured, very aromatic, and complex—a perfect wine to age or to go with substantial foods. As always, we hand-sorted the grapes on a conveyor belt on the way to the crusher to eliminate any imperfect fruit. The crushed grapes were then fermented using only the natural yeast population on the surface of the grapes (rather than commercial dried yeasts) to conduct the fermentation. At dryness, the wine was gently pressed in a membrane press and pumped to traditional 60-gallon oak barrels. The wine was aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, with about 12 % of the wine aged in new French oak. Every three months we racked the wine out of barrel to clarify the wine and aid in its development. As the wine aged, it deepened in color and developed a complexity and firm structure that we believe will help the wine improve with up to eight years of bottle age.
Editorial Reviews for Dashe Cellars Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Late Harvest
Deep and dark with bittersweet chocolate shavings a touch of prune, rum raisin, blackberry, pencil eraser, noticeably alcohol too. With air this turns downright concord grapy jelly and smells like breakfast! Silky and refined with great purity of fruit. There are layers of bright brambly blackberry fruit, spice, vanilla, red earth, a touch of spinach, hot iron, watermelon ring, lovely and delicious. This also feels great with precise balance and harmony. Nothing is obvious yet the wine remains nervous and tense in the mouth. Delicious. With a touch of wood spice on the finish. 91pts
This has a very fine nose, real brambly blackberry and black cherry fruit with a touch of plum and licorice, a bit meaty with a nice savory hoisin note tightly wound up in the fruit. This is a big wine on entry with lots of glycerin and richness but almost immediately it gains snap and focus. The tannins here are abundant but quite fine and the acidity is floating just under the fruit. The flavors are dark and just a bit dusky with plum, caramel, earth, licorice and a hint of mint all in balance on the mid-palate. The backend offers nice lift to the fruit, which floats off on the long finish. This is spicy on the backend but surprisingly lightweight with black fruit notes and a licorice, leathery savory tone on the finale. A bit of a tight showing but this promises to flesh out and soften a bit with time in the bottle, remaining elegant but gaining breadth in the mouth. I can see this working well with pork in chipotle sauce. 90pts
Big blackberry nose with paprika, more dark fruit on the mouth, significant sweetness, and a touch of oak.
Huge spicy meaty flowery nose. Amazingly intense but delicate dark fruit mouthfeel with perfectly balanced acidity, jam, bread, and tobacco. Overall a little pruney but lots of fun.
Raspberry and spicy vanilla nose. Elegant and not overly jammy or powerful, wild berry and a nice finish of sage flavor. Some oak. Not quite my style, but definitely a nice, refined zinfandel. - Tasted at Marché Bacchus 3/20/10
Great nose! Inviting fruit, wood and spice combo. Great! The palate matches with finesse on integrating the elements. Really good! - Blind tasted at Schreiner's Winers zin tasting 9/18/10
Vanilla and raspberry on the nose. Overall, a good zinfandel.
Tarry Cassis aromas over pear/pine notes. Concentrated sweet black tea fruits balanced by racy acidity, spice finished by lots of wood.
I had the 2005 vintage. The 07' reviews line up with my observations quite well....tons of alcohol, but well balanced. Rich and jammy with hints of raisin and spice.
External Reviews for Dashe Cellars Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Late Harvest
A first-rate Zin that shows the variety's briary power, unleashing a tidal wave of wild forest berry, plum, licorice, leather, chocolate and pepper spice flavors wrapped into sturdy tannins. Lip-smackingly good. - S.H. ** Only 3 in Stock **
The 2007 Zinfandel Florence Vineyard displays a Burgundian-like nose of forest floor, black currants, black cherries, earth, and spice along with a supple texture, a fleshy, rich, elegant style, and 5-7 years of drink ability ahead of it. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Zinfandel wine from California in USA. 2007 Dashe Cellars Zinfandel Florence Vineyard 750ml
Dry Creek Valley creates the perfect ripening conditions for Zinfandel. The result here is black raspberry fruit, with chocolate and spice leading to a long finish.
A lovely sweet wine that works with a great cheese plate. It is black-purple in color, with fruit flavors that are remarkably pure and fresh, complemented by notes of raspberry and spice.
Bright red. Lively raspberry and cherry aromas are deepened by dark chocolate and smoky minerals. Sweet red berry flavors gain depth and richness with air, picking up bitter cherry pit and mocha on the back end. Chewy tannins add grip to the moderately long, sweet finish.
Dark black cherry flavors express the full ripeness of this Zinfandel, balanced in a big, bold style. the tannins make it smoky, taking the flavor deeper into black pepper and spice cake territory, a viscous red suited to lamb on the grill.
Food Pairings for Dashe Cellars Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Late Harvest
Very structured wine, with great texture and length. Complex blend of black raspberry and cherry fruit, lavender, anise, clove spice, velvety texture, very full-bodied with round chalky tannins, long sweet finish of black raspberry fruit and spice.