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Dashe Zinfandel Dry Creek 2012

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"On the nose, extremely aromatic black raspberry, cassis, and chocolate overtones, with an underlying floral component of lavender and violets. On the palate, great balance of fruit—black raspberry, cassis, and hints of cherry—and firm acidity, making for a great velvety yet structured wine. One of the most intense Dry Creek zinfandels we’ve made, with dark chocolate and black pepper spice.Hugely aromatic, dark, and complex, this is one of our favorite Dry Creek zinfandels we’ve ever made. As always, we sourced the fruit from five small family-owned vineyards in the center and north of the Dry Creek Valley. Since Dry Creek Valley receives coastal fog in the evening and early morning, the grapes from this area show a bright acidity which blends perfectly with the forward fruit from the vineyards, resulting in a long-lived and balanced wine." -Winery

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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

Editorial Reviews for Dashe Zinfandel Dry Creek

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065219,623
4.50 5
11/02/2013

Tight, shiny and black fruited on the nose with reticent buttered herb and inky, blue fruit aromas emerging from the glass. This is dark and muscular, rich with a balsamic framed core of black cherry and red currant fruit that already shows incredible purity. Already quite polished in the mouth this has lovey acids and some slightly chewy yet ripe tannins that drive the long, tight big black cherry juice flavors on the long finish. This is very young but already shows such brightness and vivid flavors. 92pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065219,623
4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 11/02/2013

Tight, earthy and pure on the nose with beautiful spice notes, a little peppery and licorice, and a gently smoky note adding savory detail to the core of cherry fruit. There’s almost a candied herb thing going on here. Light easy going, and all raspberry and strawberry fruit on entry supported by soft tannins and juicy acids lending this a silky smooth mouthfeel. Not a powerhouse, just supple and fresh Zinfandel with lovely spice notes on the moderately long finish. 90pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065219,623
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 08/07/2012

Lots of blackberry fruit here along with floral tones and a decidedly herbal, spicy green top note. There is very nicely used wood here adding a floor of vanilla and butterscotch to the bouquet. Smooth, creamy, almost medium-bodied but rather chewy at the same time, this is not a bruiser but is rather well packed with stuff. The fruit is a bit darker on the palate showing some boysenberry and liquory cherry notes along with some gentle gingerbread spice, all wrapped up in slightly firm and drying tannins and underlain by good, juicy acidity. The finish is moderately long and a bit tannic today with some spicy wood notes, but the fruit powers through it all, popping on the finale with juicy wild cherry notes. This needs time to settle down, give it 12-18 months. 90pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065219,623
4.50 5
Vintage: 2010 11/02/2013

50 yo vines in Geyserville Deep, earthy, and sharply mineral on the nose with crushed toasty black currant fruit, black raspberry fruit accented by notes of graham cracker and a little peppery spice. Deep and earthy in the mouth as well with real richness but a lean and firm character supported by super ripe tannins and fine, bright acidity. Upright in the mouth and structured like a skyscraper with lovely Zin berry fruit framed with brambly accents. Structured and powerful but superbly balance, with the structural framework just wrapped up in clear black cherry and black raspberry fruit. Unusual to find a wine with such height and breadth, yet one that is transparent in the mouth. 94pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065219,623
4.50 5
Vintage: 2010 03/20/2013

A little nutty on the nose and somewhat compressed, with wooly fruit and earthy yeast notes. Wow—this shows some super-refined tannins, and while this is a little dense it remains elegant and balanced, with a hint of orange peel and baking spice accenting the high-toned, almost boyseneberry fruit that extends over the long finish. 91 points


Member Reviews for Dashe Zinfandel Dry Creek

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Snooth User: Wencis Jude Acosta
13357248,252
4.60 5
11/01/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: EMark
8478046,867
3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 02/17/2014

Very easy drinking Zinfandel. Lots of tart raspberry and cherry on the tip of the tongue. Some "saltiness" (?) also, but it diminishes. Some mushroomy things. Medium-bodied, light for a Zin. Looking forward to having this with grilled chicken breasts, tonight. US$18.95 at NapaCabs in Chino Hills.


Snooth User: Wencis Jude Acosta
13357248,252
4.50 5
Vintage: 2011 11/01/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 08/02/2012

Nice acidity and balanced well with the flavors and tannins. Gorgeous dark berry fruits, tart black berry and raspberry. Enjoyable even to drink on its own.


Snooth User: ff1959
38435128
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 02/20/2013

Outstanding compared to its peers in this price range. Well worth ordering by the case from Dashe.


External Reviews for Dashe Zinfandel Dry Creek

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 06/17/2013

Sleek but racy, offering raspberry and spicy dill aromas, with tart cherry, sage and mineral flavors that acquire tannins on the finish. Best from 2015 through 2020. 3,829 cases made. -TF ws 89 Bright purple. Spicy aromas of redcurrant, cherry, pipe tobacco and mint; reminds me a little of cabernet. Tangy and vibrant on the palate, with flavors of tangy red fruits, bitter cherry and mint. Finishes with a cool, medicinal aspect and dusty tannins, leaving a zesty red fruit note behind. Color:Black-purple, with reddish hues.Aroma:Extremely aromatic lavender and violet notes, mixed with black raspberry and wild cherry fruit.Taste:Black raspberry and wild cherry, with darker notes of chocolate, coffee, and clove. An extremely balanced wine, with good acidity, soft and velvety texture, and a complex finish ofwild cherry fruit, raspberry and peppery spice. - Winery


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 04/29/2015

Color: Black-purple, with reddish hues. Aroma: Extremely aromatic lavender and violet notes, mixed with black raspberry and wild cherry fruit. Taste: Black raspberry and wild cherry, with darker notes of chocolate, coffee, and clove. An extremely balanced wine, with good acidity, soft and velvety texture, and a complex finish of wild cherry fruit, raspberry and peppery spice. - Winery


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 11/04/2014

Color:Black-purple, with reddish hues.Aroma:Extremely aromatic lavender and violet notes, mixed with black raspberry and wild cherry fruit.Taste:Black raspberry and wild cherry, with darker notes of chocolate, coffee, and clove. An extremely balanced wine, with good acidity, soft and velvety texture, and a complex finish ofwild cherry fruit, raspberry and peppery spice. - Winery


External Review
Vintage: 2010 01/17/2013

Bright ruby-red. Red berry and cherry aromas are brightened by cracked pepper and fresh flowers. A tangy midweight that offers fresh cherry and raspberry flavors, energizing acidity and a silky texture. Gains sweetness on the finish, with the peppe... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Zinfandel wine from California in USA. 2010 Dashe Cellars Zinfandel Dry Creek 750ml


External Review
Vintage: 2010 11/14/2013

An old-fashioned Italianate red this is rustic in its salt-and-iron tannins. Leave it in a decanter while you braise pork shoulder with plenty of spice. Wine & Spirits.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 01/03/2013

Dashe Zinfandel has been a favorite around here, plenty of wild berry, brambly fruit with lots of peppercorn spice and excellent structure.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 03/19/2013

An old-fashioned, Italianate red, this is rustic in its salt-and-iron tannins. Leave it in a decanter while you braise pork shoulder with plenty of spice. Wine & Spirits. A Zinfandel wine from California in USA. 2010 Dashe Cellars Zinfandel Dry Creek 750ml


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"On the nose, extremely aromatic black raspberry, cassis, and chocolate overtones, with an underlying floral component of lavender and violets. On the palate, great balance of fruit—black raspberry, cassis, and hints of cherry—and firm acidity, making for a great velvety yet structured wine. One of the most intense Dry Creek zinfandels we’ve made, with dark chocolate and black pepper spice.Hugely aromatic, dark, and complex, this is one of our favorite Dry Creek zinfandels we’ve ever made. As always, we sourced the fruit from five small family-owned vineyards in the center and north of the Dry Creek Valley. Since Dry Creek Valley receives coastal fog in the evening and early morning, the grapes from this area show a bright acidity which blends perfectly with the forward fruit from the vineyards, resulting in a long-lived and balanced wine." -Winery

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