Dashe Cellars Zinfandel les Enfants Terriblemc Fadden Farm 2009
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.
Food Pairings for Dashe Cellars Zinfandel les Enfants Terriblemc Fadden Farm
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
490 cases produced.
Aged 5 months in French Oak.
Notes: 5 months, in a 900 gallon French oak cask
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