Dashe Cellars Zinfandel Florence Vineyard Dry Creek Valley 2010
Editorial Reviews for Dashe Cellars Zinfandel Florence Vineyard Dry Creek Valley
Opening with a huge nose of crushed blackberry, green balsam spice notes, and gorgeous floral accents, this smells terrific. Complex earthy fruit greets the palate with a rich, firm texture to the evolving chocolatey, tart cherry flavors that get added lift from the herbal freshness here. There's almost a little chinato character here, complex, earthy and herbal along with layers of thyme, crushed flowers and red currant and raspberry fruit on the palate. One of the most vibrant and energetic Zins I've tasted recently. This just has stunning purity of fruit with some power behind it, compelling complexity and superb cut on the palate. Just terrific Zinfandel. I’m always disappointed when I remember that this comes from relatively young vines. It’s a magical vineyard. 95pts
A really lovely intense nose that layers briar, bramble and sandy soil tones over fine strawberry fruit. The oak treatment here is obvious but nuanced, allowing the intense yet pure and fresh wild strawberry and black raspberry fruit to shine on the palate, gaining a layer of chocolate-covered orange slice complexity on the gorgeous, firm and almost austere finish. Really shows a lovely interplay of fruit and structure. Very classy. 94 points
Pretty floral notes and zesty red berry fruit along with some underbrush on the nose. Hints of white pepper. Lovely palate with black raspberry, cherry, mineral, clove and light spice. Great smooth texture and pretty, floral notes throughout. Very nice zin! 92 pts. 4/6/13
Nose of fresh baked berry tart, cherry cola, and pepper. The palate is thin and uninteresting. Very generic "red wine" taste. Slight hints of what zin should taste like, but lacks the bold flavor that the varietal is known for. Very disappointing bottle. Revisited two days later: After my initial review, I realized that this wine just isn't made in the style of most zins and needed some time to open up, so I set the bottle aside and revisited each day to see its progress. On the third day after opening, I was pleasantly surprised to see how it had evolved. The nose has retained its strong red fruit characteristics, but now offers warm baking spice and a slight hint of caramel. The palate, though still a bit rigid for my taste, has opened up to reveal luscious crushed bright red cherry, white pepper, and a hint of licorice. The alcohol still remains a bit out of balance, despite only being 14.2%. Overall, I honestly think this wine just needs more time in the bottle 88pts. Tasted first on 04/12, tasted again on 4/15/13 for final review.
Delightful Zinfandel. There is a strong chocolate note in this wine. Needs about an hour to breathe.