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Dashe Cellars Zinfandel les Enfants Terriblemc Fadden Farm 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

This is a wine that by design is totally natural from start to finish. The grapes started as organically grown, by the great grape-grower Guinness McFadden, and had almost no additions to the vineyard except for elemental sulfur. It was fermented using native yeasts found naturally growing on the grapes, in a stainless steel tank. It is unfiltered and unfined, to keep the fruit as pure and distinctive as possible, reflecting the character of the vineyard. Fortunately the vintage of 2009 produced typical yields, so we were able to make almost 500 cases of the McFadden zinfandel. A classic vintage, the 2009 harvest came in earlier than normal—in Septmeber rather than October—but the quality was excellent. We were able to age the wine in our 900 gallon cask reserved for this wine. This large cask keeps the yeast in contact for longer periods, creating a complex wine without excessive oak character. In it’s youth, we suggest decanting it or at least letting it breath for at least a half an hour, to let the subtle fruit character come to the forefront.

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  • 2009

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Winery: Dashe Cellars  
Color: Red
Varietal: Zinfandel
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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

Tasting Notes:

Entry is of beautiful strawberry/black cherry/cassis fruit. Spicy, complex, full of mineral and earthy notes. Slightly thicker than the 2008 vintage, and with a more voluptuous midpalette. Finish of black cherry, granite, and spice. Clean, lingering fres

This is a wine that by design is totally natural from start to finish. The grapes started as organically grown, by the great grape-grower Guinness McFadden, and had almost no additions to the vineyard except for elemental sulfur. It was fermented using native yeasts found naturally growing on the grapes, in a stainless steel tank. It is unfiltered and unfined, to keep the fruit as pure and distinctive as possible, reflecting the character of the vineyard. Fortunately the vintage of 2009 produced typical yields, so we were able to make almost 500 cases of the McFadden zinfandel. A classic vintage, the 2009 harvest came in earlier than normal—in Septmeber rather than October—but the quality was excellent. We were able to age the wine in our 900 gallon cask reserved for this wine. This large cask keeps the yeast in contact for longer periods, creating a complex wine without excessive oak character. In it’s youth, we suggest decanting it or at least letting it breath for at least a half an hour, to let the subtle fruit character come to the forefront.

490 cases produced.

Aged 5 months in French Oak.

Notes: 5 months, in a 900 gallon French oak cask

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.2%

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